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4 Ways to Avoid Secondary Damage After a Flood

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

Black mold spots in a white wall Water damage can lead to mold growth.

Avoid Secondary Damage In Your Property

A house in Santa Ynez, CA can experience a lot of damage from a flood. However, it is vital for homeowners to take action to avoid any secondary damage, which is damage standing flood water can cause if it is not removed and remedied in a timely fashion. For example, contaminated water can lead to the development of black mold, especially if the room contains high humidity. By taking swift action, you can avoid making the remediation process any tougher than it needs to be.

1. Shut Off Electricity

Locate the fuse box inside your home and shut off power to every area affected by water damage. If you cannot reach the fuse box without stepping into water, then do not attempt to touch it. Instead, you should contact your local electric company to get them to disconnect the power. You definitely want to make sure to turn off the power if your home experienced a total outage from a storm. If the power was to suddenly come back on, it could blow fuses.

2. Discard Contaminated Food

Black mold can grow anywhere, so make sure to throw away any pieces of food exposed to the flood water. In some cases, it may be best to discard all the food in case mold is not readily apparent. It is always preferable to waste money than put your health in jeopardy.

3. Turn Off Gas

It is possible for flood water to damage a gas line and cause noxious gases to enter your home. Breathing in carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous, which is why you want to be certain your carbon monoxide detectors are always operational. Shut off the gas meter as soon as you can.

4. Contact Water Extraction Professionals

Experts in Santa Ynez will know exactly how to safely remove the black mold to prevent it from growing. They will also know how to restore items tainted by mold and remove large quantities of water.

What to Know About Your Commercial Property Insurance

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Insurance Commercial insurance policies may vary due to a number of factors.

What To Look For In Your Commercial Insurance Policy

If you have a business property in Santa Barbara, CA, you may be wondering what to look for in your commercial insurance policy. Your policy can vary depending on a few things so it’s important to ask your agent any questions you may have. However, there are some commonalities between most policies.

What Property May Qualify

There are a number of types of business property that may qualify for fire damage or other insurance policy. These may include:

• Any owned or rented buildings or structures used solely for business purposes
• Inventory housed in the building
• Signage or fencing placed on the property
• Equipment used for the business such as computers or manufacturing equipment
• Office furniture
• Important company documentation such as accounting records

What Factors Can Influence Your Policy

The location and usage of the company property may affect the type of commercial insurance policy the property is eligible for as well as its cost. If the building is in good repair and located near adequate fire protection it may cost less to insure. Similarly, a building used for low fire risk activities such as an office will cost less than higher risk usage such as a manufacturing facility.

What May Happen During a Claim

It’s important to file your insurance claim as soon as possible. Your insurance agent may want to send someone to assess the cause and extent of the damage, as well as take inventory of any damaged property and its value. They may also have a recommendation for a team of restoration professionals who can take care of any clean-up and repairs your business may need.

Your insurance policy may include fire protection for most assets your company claims, regardless of whether it’s owned or rented. In many cases, commercial insurance policies may vary due to a number of factors, so it’s important to read your documentation and talk with your agent if you have any questions. If a fire or other event should occur, your insurance company may have professionals they recommend to conduct the restoration.

Do You Know How To Spot Toilet Problems?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

The bottom of a toilet leaking Ignoring a leaking toilet is a recipe for disaster.

Common Causes of Toilet Problems

Your home’s toilets are a bit strange. While you likely use your toilets every day, you also probably don’t like to think much about them. Even though bathroom fixtures in your Buellton, CA, home can be easy to forget, you don’t want to ignore a leaking toilet. By understanding some common causes of toilet problems, you increase your chances of the sort of long-term damage that comes from a bathroom leak.

Common Toilet Problems

To function properly, your toilet takes in clean water and flushes away waste. Because the system is simple, problems are usually easy to identify. If you notice any of the following, your toilet may require some repairs:

  • Leaks
  • Sweating
  • Corrosion
  • Wobbling
  • Failure to flush
  • Failure to fill

Causes of Toilet Problems

Often, the cause of a leaking toilet falls into one of two categories. First, you may have a dry wax ring. Your toilet relies on a wax ring to form a water-tight seal between the fixture and your plumbing system. Unfortunately, rings can dry out, causing the seal to crack. If it does, water may seep onto your bathroom floor.

Alternatively, your bathroom leak may be due to the tank flange. If the flange is not tight, water may not stay where the toilet’s designers wanted it to stay. Often, tightening the flange is the best way to stop your toilet from leaking.

Fixing Toilet Problems

Before you can repair your toilet, you must be certain you minimize the negative effects of a leak. If you catch the problem early, you can likely wipe away accumulated water. If the leak has persisted for a while, however, you may need a professional flood-mitigation service to help you contain mold growth, clean soiled items and repair damaged surfaces.

As you probably know, ignoring a leaking toilet is a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, the cause of your toilet problem is probably easy to identify. With a bit of work, you can likely return your bathroom to its pre-leak condition.

Pipe Problems in the Home

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Standing water in a kitchen sink. Clogged kitchen sink Clogged drains can present another point of failure for a plumbing system.

How To Manage Flooding Caused by Bursting Pipes

A well-maintained residence in Goleta, CA can still have a few issues with its plumbing system. Learn how to manage flooding caused by bursting pipes with the following how-to suggestions.

1. Inspection

The easiest way to prevent plumbing problems is to routinely inspect your pipes and appliances for leaks. This is especially true of homes with older plumbing made of copper or certain plastics no longer in common use. While such materials are not in need of immediate replacement, they can create an additional risk of damage due to corrosion or cracking, especially at junctures and connection points. Make time to fix broken pipe segments as soon as you notice the damage.

2. Drainage

Clogged drains can present another point of failure for a plumbing system. If you notice water backing up in the basin of your sink or tub, or you hear any unusual noises as water moves through your pipes, you may have some sort of blockage. If left untreated, these clogs can contribute to bursting pipes in your plumbing. While caustic drain cleaners can be effective, they are not the only option. Use mechanical drain snakes or enzymatic clog removers if possible, to preserve the integrity of your plumbing system.

3. Recovery

Sometimes flooding and other water damage can occur regardless of the diligence of the home owner. In these cases, you should take steps to prevent any ongoing damage from water retention by safely draining the water from the premises. Cut all power to the affected area, as this can present a safety hazard. Remove any sensitive documents or electronics. Your home insurance policy likely covers the costs necessary to hire a qualified flood damage restoration service, so contact your provider as soon as possible.

While a home flood due to bursting pipes and other plumbing maladies can be an unfortunate disruption, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risk of damage and begin the restoration process quickly.

Steps to Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Outside of a building following a storm with storm debris and walls caving in Storm aftermath

Every year, the frequency and severity of bad weather is unperceived. Nonetheless, a lot of homeowners end up dealing with property damage as a result of storms. The most common type of property damage following heavy winds and/or hail is roof and siding damage. While you can’t control the weather, there is still a lot you can do to protect your property from damage. 

This includes:

No matter the severity of the storm, if bad weather is coming your way, it’s probably a good time to prepare your home. In the event your home does suffer from storm damage, it's important that you call professionals who can handle the remediation and restoration process with skill and speed. Locally owned and operated, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta at (805)963-0606.

Big or Little Fire, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta Can Help

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a building with everything turned to black and burned down Fires such as this can be devastating, let SERVPRO help restore your belongings!

There are big fires and there are little fires that may only burn a small area of your home.  Both can cause damage and SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is here to help when they do.  If you have a large fire in your home, the structure can be severely compromised, contents possibly may be burned, smoke damage could be throughout the house, and there might even be water damage from firefighters hoses or sprinklers.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help out with all of those issues.  SERVPRO has professionals that have specific training for both fire and water damage restoration along  with the experience to make sure that your home is quickly and efficiently brought back to its preloss condition.

During a smaller fire, you may be able to get to the flames quickly but often there is an issue with smoke and ash afterwards. Smoke can travel throughout a large area.  Unless you are completely able to remove that residue, you will continue to smell the smoke.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is able to do a detailed cleaning of any of the affected areas.   In addition to cleaning walls, floors, and ceilings, SERVPRO will make sure to address any contents that may have been impacted by the soot.  We can clean any non-porous contents and we have the resources to make sure that any porous materials, such as clothing and bedding, are cleaned properly.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  Contact us at (805)963-0606 to help restore it "Like it never even happened."

Signs of Water Damage

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Pipes underneath a sink with water soaked into the cabinet walls Catching water like this early on can have a significant impact on damage.

Being aware of how and where water damage is likely to happen makes it easier to find developing problems and pinpoint past problems that have been neglected. Some of the most common sources of water damage include leaky faucets, leaky pipes, broken appliances, cracks in foundation, and damaged roofing. 

Leaks and moisture buildup can create severe damage to your home before you even realize there’s a problem. With any water damage, there are early warning signs to be aware of. Staying alert for the signs of water damage helps you to prevent further damage and help catch damage early on. Some signs of water damage to look out for include:

  • Standing water 
  • Mold Growth
  • Funky Odors
  • Damaged wallpaper/paint
  • Sagging walls and ceilings
  • Damaged floor 

Water damage is more than just unpleasant. Ignore it, and it can spread, eventually deteriorating your home and health. If you spot signs of water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta at (805) 963-0606. They can pinpoint the problem, then offer help on how to solve it and repair the damage to prevent any further detriment to your home or your health.

What is the Design-Build Method?

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro employee doing construction work in a residential home Let SERVPRO take care of your construction needs!

The design-build method is a project-delivery system used in the construction industry, where the designer and builder work together under a single contract. With this method of construction, the client is responsible for providing a project definition for the design-build team, which then gives them single-point responsibility for the project. Having one entity for construction can have many different benefits. According to the California Department of General Services, this helps expedite construction time-frames and may reduce the number of change orders, allowing the owner to occupy their project space as soon as possible. The increased productivity and organization drastically reduces both cost and time, keeping design and contractor fees to a minimum. Along with this, the increased efficiency that comes with this method of construction can also allow the owner to take on fewer duties and less risk. By simplifying the construction process and involving the contractor in the planning from the start, the design-build method offers various benefits over the traditional project delivery.

In a traditional project delivery, when something goes wrong, it is much harder for the contractor and designer to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, majority of the time they will blame each other for unforeseen circumstances which will often lead to delays or even litigation. In this type of project delivery, the owner is responsible for managing the two separate contracts which can be stressful. Whereas with the design-build method, any changes are addressed by the entire team together.

The design-build method seems to be the better option when starting a construction project. With it's many advantages, it has become increasingly more popular in the construction industry.

If you are looking for help getting started with a construction project, and would like the stress taken off of you, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez. Let us help coordinate your construction project with our building and reconstruction services. Call us today at (805) 963-0606.

Fire Damage Cleanup

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a laundromat after a large fire with lots of soot, ashes, and debris Fire damage following a laundromat fire

Fire damage cleanup is a difficult, multi-step process that often consists of water damage, smoke damage, and fire damage. Depending on the severity of the fire and the heat of the blaze, it is also possible that the property has structural damage and/or may need to be boarded up to be protected from the elements.

Cleanup after a fire will include removing debris, removing all of the smoke particles and soot accumulation, removing any standing water, as well as irradiating the smell of smoke. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, it's important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. This is why you will want to be extra careful when going into your home or touching fire-damaged items after a fire. In fact, before going into your home following a fire, American Red Cross recommends to check the outside of the home first. Damage on the outside can indicate a serious problem on the inside, leaving the home unsafe to enter.

As you can see, there are many dangerous risks that can come with a home fire. Without the proper cleanup, these risks can linger for longer than expected. This is why it's important to trust professionals to help restore your home back to its original quality. If you find your home needing restoration following fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez for all of your fire damage repair and restoration needs. Call us today at 805-963-0606.

Mold in Your Commercial Building

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a home bathroom with mold covering the door and floor A small amount of water can lead to a full-blown mold colony

Mold is one of those things that you do not give too much thought to in life except for when for some reason, an area of your commercial building starts to smell a little musty or you notice the tell-tale dark patch on your drywall.  The truth about mold is that it is everywhere.  Like dust or pollen, mold spores are just a part of our natural biosphere and they actually do serve a useful purpose.  Mold is nature's great decomposer and is valuable in recycling any organic waste.

Whether you like it or not, your commercial property is currently filled with microscopic mold spores.  And it doesn't pose any problem until the day that the mold spores are introduced to a little bit of moisture. With just a little introduction to moisture, that mold spore can grow into a colony.  That is when you might start to notice a musty odor or start to see the dark shadows.  First things first, you need to contact a plumber to find the source of the water.  Cleaning the mold without fixing the leak will just lead to more mold. 

And that is the time for you to call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation you may come across.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Biohazard Exposure

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

A rodent in a mouse trap along with feces and mess SERVPRO cleanup of a residential home

Being exposed to biohazardous waste can be detrimental to your health. Dealing with biohazard materials often means dealing with blood, chemical spills, human or animal remains, and more. Many people are not aware that they have been exposed to a biohazardous material until it is too late. 

To stay safe and avoid exposure, it's important to leave cleanup to the professionals. The restoration of your property following a biohazardous event or a crime needs experienced professionals like those at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. Let us safely clean your property to our professional standards. Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance at (805) 963-0606.

Building and Construction Services

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a home with construction supplies and a plastic covering to prepare for the start of construction Residential home being prepared for construction

Building and construction services include all labor and services provided in connection with the repair, demolition, construction, reconstruction, or other improvements to a property. This includes a wide spectrum of tasks and responsibilities in the course of a construction project.

Usually when starting construction, you start with pre-construction services. This is where your construction vision is discussed, analyzed, and made into a reality. These services will go over the basic questions needed to get the project going such as the cost and scheduling aspects.

Then there is construction project management, which happens throughout the whole process of construction. It starts with a planning phase where the team gathers all of the necessary permits, materials, workers, etc. to insure everything is in place for the project to finish.

After this is an execution phase, which is the most demanding stage of the process. This is where the team is constructing the project while making sure that it complies with the set plans and specifications.

Finally, there is a post-construction phase where areas of concern are looked into, such as resolving construction disputes or addressing any type of concern on site that may have came up during construction. 

Majority of construction projects are structured in this way with both a design and build team. However, lately, it has become increasingly popular to take on the design-build method. According to Wikipedia, the design-build method is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity. This can help insure that a construction project works smoothly. Instead of multiple teams coming together for a project, it only involves one team that looks over all aspects of the project. Having the same team providing both the design and construction services, can boost your projects efficiency and minimize risk.

Along with this, there are also other building services that help prolong the life of a project. These services are conducted in order for buildings to be safe, practical, and comfortable. This can include fire safety prevention, alarm systems, drainage, ventilation, and more.

If you are looking for help getting started with a construction project, you can trust SERVPRO of Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez. With our building and reconstruction services we are here to help coordinate your construction project and take the hassle off of you. Call us today at (805) 963-0606.

Construction Tips and Planning

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Ladder and construction supplies on a balcony Getting ready to start construction!

Preparing for a construction project can be stressful. There are several important factors to consider that can make long-term impacts to the outcome of your project.  With the right attention and planning it could make all the difference.

One thing you should always think about when starting a new project is your budget. You will want to account for all costs and plan for any extra expenses that could be needed. The last thing you want is to get halfway through your project and realize you can't finish. Setting a budget and preparing for changes can help make the construction process smoother.

Another thing you should do is prepare for the future. For example, when selecting materials for building, you will want to think about the future of the space and if the materials are the right fit for the conditions it will be under. The materials you chose are important and can also go hand-in-hand with energy efficiency. Creating a more energy efficient design can help control long-term costs. The right materials and design can help make all the difference for the longevity of your project.

In addition, its also extremely important to have clear communication. You will need to make sure you clearly communicate your ideas to your contractor, design team, or architect. You will want to communicate frequently and continually stay up to date with projects to avoid any unexpected surprises.

Finally, one of the most important parts of your construction project is choosing the right company to work with. Selecting a qualified and knowledgeable staff with experience can ensure the project is done right.

If you are looking to start a commercial construction project, trust SERVPRO of Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez. With our building and reconstruction services, we can help quickly get professionals on the job with the least amount of downtime to your daily business functions. Let our experienced pros oversee your construction project from start to finish. Call us today at (805) 963-0606.

Commercial Restoration

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Front of business smashed in with debris Commercial business impact from a storm needing to be restored

What is commercial restoration?

Your property is always at risk of being damaged by the natural elements. Restoration companies, such as SERVPRO of Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez, are usually the first-responders following significant damage from major life events such as storms, fires, sewage-backup, repairs, and more.

The job of these companies is to clean up, restore, and preserve your property.

They are dedicated to repairing, renewing, and bringing something back to its old state.  

Not only do these companies help repair and renew from natural causes or significant events, they also offer deep cleaning services.

When you own a business, every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity for your business.

Leave your clean up to the experts and contact SERVPRO at (805) 963-0606 for all your restoration needs. Services include cleanup and restoration from water damage, fire damage, mold, storm damage, as well as general cleanup and building reconstruction services.

Whatever nature sends your way SERVPRO is here to help.

Don't Let a Space Heater Cause a Fire in Your Home

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Badly burned living room of the inside of a home Damage from an in home fire

According to energy.gov there are about 25,000 residential fires a year in the United States from the use of space heaters in the home. Space heaters should be setup at least a three feet away from any thing that can catch fire such as furniture, boxes, paper or other combustible items. Check your space heater equipment often and clean it regularly. If you have any doubt replace it. New space heaters have more safety features then old ones.  It is a good idea to unplugged the space heater  whenever not in use or when you leave your home.  Cleaning your space heater can be done by blowing compressed air throughout the inside and vents to get rid of dust and debris that may accumulate and wiping down where you can.  You may need to remove the front cover to do so.

A good source for safety information regarding space heaters is ESFi  (The Electrical Safety Foundation International)

If you have had a fire or smoke damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. We are available 24/7/365

If you are a renter how could a bad storm affect you

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Storm debris piled in front of a home Storm debris caused by Hurricane Michael

First of all, renters should strongly consider getting renters insurance policy. Often the same company you use for your auto insurance can provide a quote and coverage for renters insurance. Also, offering a multi line discount.

However, beware flood insurance is not usually included in a standard property policy.  You have to add it. Flood insurance can be purchased as a separate policy that has a 30 day waiting period before coverage begins.

For more information on flood insurance go to the FEMA web site.

As a renter or tenant you are usually responsible for a insurance policy that covers personal possessions and loss of use or ALE (alternate living expenses). The landlord usually is not responsible and will not pay to relocate you if the home or apartment you rent can not be lived in do to a loss.

Residential landlords are usually responsible for insurance for the property itself; the structure only. 

So, please look into getting coverage. Most people are surprised how much the cost is to relocate much less getting new furniture and clothes if there is a divesting fire. Make sure you buy the right amount of coverage as well.

For more information or if you need help contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta anytime;

(805) 963-0606

office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com

Construction Planning to Prevent Water Damage

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Living room of a home with construction table and equipment In home construction

Proper planning is an important part of any construction project. There are many steps you can take during construction to help prevent damage later on.

One common cause of water damage during construction is improper installation of weatherproofing, waterproofing, and moisture barrier systems on the outside of a building. When working on a construction project, its important to confirm that weatherproofing installations adhere to building codes.

Another common cause of water damage during construction is poorly glued pipe connections. This can be avoided by having a quality control plan and making sure it is being followed.

Confirming that building codes are met and quality control is in place can make a significant impact on preventing future damage.

When working on any construction project, it is also important to verify the following:

  • All equipment and water lines are protected from freezing
  • Roof drains are not clogged with leaves or debris
  • Sink drains are not clogged or blocked
  • Plumbing and sprinkler systems are free of leaks
  • All windows and doors are properly covered at the end of each day/work shift

For any damage that does occur, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is here to help clean up the mess. Contact us at (805) 963-0606

Preventing Home Fires

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Badly burned kitchen and roof from a home fire House fires such as this can be prevented with these helpful tips!

Almost all home fires are preventable, which is why fire safety is so important. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top fire causes are cooking, heating, electrical, smoking, and candles, which can easily be avoided.

Some top tips for helping prevent home fires:

  • Frequently test smoke alarms
  • Keep lighters and matches out of reach of children
  • Monitor electrical cords
  • Allow space heaters to have space
  • Pay attention when cooking
    • If you must leave, turn off the stove!
  • When smoking, smoke outside
  • Make sure cigarettes and hot items are disposed of properly 
  • Monitor candles carefully and insure they are at least a foot away from other objects 

If a fire occurs in your home, never go back inside for anything or anyone. Get out, call for help, and stay out.

If you do endure a fire, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is here to help get your lives back to normal. Give us a call at 805-963-0606.

What You Need To Know About Floods and Black Water

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

black water SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has teams to assist 24/7 after a water damage emergency or sewage backup.

If a flood comes to your California home you may wonder how safe it is to wade into the water. Many people believe that because rain caused the water damage, it is completely safe to touch. However, this is a dangerous assumption, because it could be black water.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Remediation Certification classifies water into these three categories:

• Clean
• Gray
• Black

Each of these types of water carries different risks. Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering but has not encountered contaminates.

The third categorization is more dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:

What Is It?

The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of microbes.

Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way?

When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches.

What Should Homeowners Do?

If you have water in your home after a storm, do not wade into it unless doing so is necessary. It is also important to dry out the area as soon as possible. That water can spread disease and cause mold growth.

It’s essential to call the experts at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara as quickly as possible after water damage or flooding occurs. Be sure to rid your home of the black water as soon as you can to keep you and your family safe.

Fire Sprinkler Maintenance: Here Is What You Need To Know

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

Fire sprinklers are an essential part of any building's safety system, and sprinkler maintenance is an essential business function. In fact, reports shared by the National Fire Protection Agency reveal that working sprinklers not only prevent costly damage but also prevent injury and even death. Below are just a few of the most astonishing findings:

• When sprinkler systems are present during a fire, the firefighter injury rate is, on average, 80 percent lower.
• When both sprinklers and fire alarms are present, the death rate drops by approximately 90 percent.
• When working sprinklers are present, fires are restrained to the room of origin 97 percent of the time.

These stats indicate that sprinklers are not only necessary but that sprinkler maintenance should be a key function of any business.


How To Maintain Your Sprinkler System


Fire sprinklers should be inspected on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis. During your weekly inspection, you should check the gauges for a read on normal air and water pressure. You should also check the control valves to make sure that they work properly and that they're locked, sealed, and ready to open when necessary.

During your monthly inspections, re-inspect your gauges and check your alarm valves. During the quarterly checks, examine the alarm devices and the hydraulic nameplate to ensure that it is secured to the sprinkler riser.

As a business owner, you are required to have a licensed technician inspect your sprinkler system on an annual basis. During this yearly inspection, your technician assesses and maintains all aspects of your system, including the following:

• Alarm devices
• Gauges
• Pipes and fittings
• Control valves
• Sprinkler heads
• Deluge valves
• Hangers/bracing
• Antifreeze solution
• Backflow prevention components
• Water flow alarm
• Main drain

If the technician notices any issues or obstructions, he or she will perform the necessary repairs.

Sprinkler maintenance is a key business operation. Your attention to your sprinkler system can prevent costly and even potentially fatal damage. For more information on what you can do to maintain a safe work environment, contact your Santa Ynez fire remediation team.

A Mildew Primer

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

It is quite common to refer to a mold infestation as “mildew.” The characteristic odor of mold is often thought of as a “mildewy smell.” The fact is that mildew is a very specific subcategory of mold that only afflicts plants. It is either white or gray in color and has either a powdery or a downy appearance. Plant mildew is almost always confined to the leaves, buds, or fruit of a plant — it is rarely found on bark or woody stems.


How To Get Rid of Mildew


Mildew is more likely to appear on plants growing in wet or consistently humid climates. If you discover mildew growth on your plants in Santa Barbara, there are some simple steps you can take to get rid of it:

• If the afflicted plant is indoors, move it outside.
• Wash it with a plain water spray to remove the heavy plant mildew growth.
• Prune away the affected sections. This will also increase air circulation around the plant and help to keep it dry.
• Spray the plant with a mildewcide such as neem oil or baking soda and detergent.


How To Prevent Mildew


To be certain that the plant mildew you have found is not part of a larger household problem, it is advisable to call a mold professional to assess the situation in and around your house. To keep your plants healthy and prevent further mildew growth, you should water plants from below to prevent wetting the leaves. This keeps the moisture at the roots, where it is most needed. When possible, keep plants in the sun and keep weeds and plant debris away from them. Disinfect all garden tools and make sure the soil is well fertilized.

Remember: mildew is a subcategory of mold that only affects plants — hence the term “plant mildew.” Fortunately, it is relatively easy to treat and prevent.

How To Handle Roof Repairs After a Storm

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage can be stressful, and roof repair needs can top the list of post-storm concerns. Wind damage, hail, and even fallen branches can leave your roof in bad shape. Whether you are waiting on a roofer or are making repairs yourself, there are a few things you should do following roof damage from a storm.


Assessing the Damage


Storms can damage your roof in many ways.
• High winds can rip off shingles and expose the underlayment
• Hail can leave your roof dented and pockmarked
• Driving rain can seep under loosened shingles and cause water damage

As soon as it’s safe, get a good look either from the ground or an extension ladder to gauge your roof repair needs. It helps to take pictures for insurance purposes or to know which materials to buy if you’re doing your own repairs.


Take Immediate Protective Steps


Water seeping through a roof can set the stage for serious water damage in your home and make your roof unsafe in general. A stop-gap for many Santa Barbara homeowners is placing a waterproof tarp over the damaged area. It isn’t a substitute for permanent roof work, but it may mitigate further damage to your roof and your home’s interior.

Get an Estimate


Whether you want to pay a roofer for a roof repair or try to DIY it, it’s still a good idea to get a professional estimate. A pro may be able to help guide your own repairs or even offer a price that’s better than expected. If water has already gotten into your attic, look for a remediation company that specializes in drying building materials and restoring attics as part of your general roof restoration game plan.


From devastated shingles to pockmarked surfaces, storm damage can wreak absolute havoc on your roof. If you’re facing roof damage after a storm, let these tips guide you to the best outcome.

How To Secure a Building After a Fire

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

a building on fire SERVPRO of Santa Barbara offers 24/7, 365 assistance after fire damage in your business.

The fire damage of a Santa Barbara business can leave the building vulnerable. Damage can affect commercial buildings in different ways, but often the flames cause the following issues:

• Unstable structure
• Broken or missing roof
• Building left defenseless to looters

As you and your commercial fire restoration team tackle the cleanup, you may want to find ways to secure your building from self-destruction, looters and mother nature.

Put Up Boards

Boarding up windows, doors and holes in the wall can help stop looting. If these openings are left unblocked, looters can easily enter your store, warehouse or office building. With the boards in place, however, there is an extra obstacle that may be enough to keep the vandals out.

Secure the Boundary

The fire cleanup process is messy. Your property may not be safe for nonprofessionals for a while. Putting up a fence can help keep intruders out, but it does something else too. It protects you from liability problems.

Add Stabilizers

Adding extra support beams and pillars during the reconstruction phase can help secure your building's structure. Without these stabilizers, the fire damage could cause your property to collapse on itself. In some cases, you and the workers cleaning up the mess may not be able to enter the building until it has been secured and deemed stable.

Cover the Roof

You also have to secure your property from weather. Rain, wind and hail can easily enter a fire damaged structure when pieces of the roof or walls are missing. You can protect your building from extra damage by putting up tarps and other coverings to keep the elements from making it inside the space.

When your business is affected by a fire, it can feel like operations have come to a halt. Tackling a fire cleanup to address fire damage can help you get your day-to-day activities back and running, but you need to make sure your building is not further damaged by looters, weather or faulty structure.

SERVPRO is ready to help when storms or floods hit

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech cleaning up water and flood damage in a Santa Barbara, CA business Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez specializes in storm damage and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your commercial property to its pre-storm condition.

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez has the specialized training and expertise to restore your property back to its pre-storm condition and your business back up and running. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley business owners and residents.

When storms hit Santa Barbara we can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez to help-805-963-0606

SERVPRO can help with historic buildings

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech in PPE scrubbing the walls in Lompoc, CA We are available 24 hours a day to get your Santa Barbara business back up and running.

The Lompoc theater has stood proudly in Lompoc, CA since 1927.  It was once the home to a wide variety of exciting musical events from symphonies to rock concerts, live theater events from vaudeville to ballet, and to cinema from small indies to Hollywood blockbusters.  But, sadly, the theaters' glory days were behind her and time has not been kind to the theater.  

Fortunately, the community has rallied with the intention of bringing the historic theater back to life.  A committee was put together to raise funds to try to restore the old theater.  The committee thought that it would be ideal for potential donors to see the interior of the theater so that they could better be inspired to give.  The only problem was that the years of neglect had left the theater with serious issues from bird feces as well as a substantial amount of mold.  It was unsafe for the public to enter.

A call was made to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez.  It was a lot of tough work but SERVPRO was able to remove and sanitize all of the areas affected by the pigeon poop.  Then the highly trained professionals got started on the mold and before long, that was gone as well.  The theater was able to hold a 90th anniversary celebration fundraiser in which the public could safely step inside to view the jewel of downtown Lompoc. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez is locally owned and operated.  We live here in the community with you and are thrilled to have been able to our part in helping restore a historic building.

Commercial Buildings Can Flood Too

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech in PPE setting up containment in a Santa Barbara, CA business When a storm hits your Santa Barbara home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.

Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful weather.  We can expect almost 300 days of sunshine every year.  After being in a period of draught we had forgotten how hard it can rain when it finally did.

One year, over 48 hours, we received nine inches of rain and many systems were overwhelmed.  The wind was roaring and we heard from many customers that suffered water damages.  The rain played no favorites.  We heard from homeowners and we heard from commercial property owners.

One commercial job that we were called out to was a structure that the wind blew the rain over the flashings. This ended up getting drywall and carpeting wet in many rooms on multiple floors.  Fortunately for them, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez is able to tap into all of the resources that SERVPRO makes available.  That means that no storm damage job is too big for us to handle.  The experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez got the business up and running in no time.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez can help restore it "Like it never even happened."  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Little leaks can lead to big problems

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture meter on wet floors Moisture meter read the moisture level under hard wood floors.

Sometimes we go to a water damage that seems like it will be just a simple everyday water damage but then one little detail spins it into a much bigger deal.  If your home was built before 1981, we are required to test for the presence of lead and asbestos prior to performing any demolition.  If the results turn up positive for asbestos, we bring in an asbestos contractor to handle abatement.

We have visited homes with what looked like simple water damage from a pipe leak and the water affected their hardwood floors.  The hardwood was going to need to be removed but when it was lifted up,  we saw that there were 9”x9” tiles underneath which almost always contain asbestos.  Unfortunately for the homeowner, the tiles extended throughout the whole house which meant that they would all have to be removed.  But in the jigsaw puzzle world of water restoration, in order to remove all of the tile, you needed to remove all of the hardwood.  In order to remove all of the hardwood, you needed to remove all of the furniture.  So now that little pipe leak water damage had turned into a job that affected the entire house.

We ordered a pod, boxed up and moved out all of the contents, and had the home ready for the asbestos abatement company to come in and do their work.

If you have a little job, a big job, or a little job that turns into a big job, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is always available to help.  You can reach us day or night at 805-963-0606.

A fun weekend away can be ruined by water damage when you return

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage to a wall Water damage

Less than $10.  That is what the cost is of a 3/8” compression 20-inch braided steel faucet supply line at the hardware store.  But such a small, inexpensive piece can be responsible for thousands of dollars of damage when it bursts. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta has helped many homeowners who returned from an out of town trip to find when they return, their supply line had failed and there was water in their kitchen, living room, and dining room.  The experts recommend that you periodically check all of your supply lines to make sure that there are no signs of wear and tear but realistically this rarely gets done.  After all, who really thinks about these things until there's a problem?  

If you are going to be away from home for any length of time, here are a few tips to ensure that you do not come back to a house filled with water.

  1. Turn off the main water valve coming to your house
  2. If you are really concerned, you can shut off valves to toilets, dishwashers, washing machines or any other appliance
  3. Obviously, take the time to inspect your supply lines
  4. Check your gutters to make sure there are no blockages
  5. Install automatic shut-offs that detect leaks and shut off your devices when moisture is sensed

If you do suffer a water damage, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and ready to help.  We work with most insurances.  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Fire in a family owned restaurant

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

fire in commercial kitchen Fire in a family owned restaurant

Family-owned restaurants are owned by people who live in town.   These folks are our neighbors and we know they work hard to compete with their larger rivals.  When something goes wrong, it can be a catastrophe.  Any loss of business stings so it is a priority to keep the restaurant open and running smoothly.  When a local Mexican food restaurant had a kitchen fire, it was urgent to get the business back open quickly.

Fortunately, the owner put in a call to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta.  Our team went to work cleaning every nook and cranny.  We had air scrubbers scrubbing air and hydroxyl generators generating hydroxyls.  The smoke odor didn’t stand a chance and before long, it gave up and disappeared.  The restaurant re-opened and was back in business and smelling great, that’s the SERVPRO way.

Love/hate with rain in Santa Barbara county

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Man standing in flooding from rain in Santa Barbara, CA We love rain in Santa Barbara but too much at once can cause flooding

The weather here in Santa Barbara is largely influenced by the Pacific Ocean.  At any given point in time, the ocean is either warming up or cooling down and those temperature changes play a large role in how much precipitation we are expected to receive each year.  In years when the ocean is observed to be warming up, it is said that we are in a weather pattern known as El Nino, or "little boy".  When the opposite happens and the water is cooling, the phenomena is known as La Nina, or “little girl”.

In years when the rain is good, we are stuck with a Catch-22 situation because we want the rain, and we want a lot of rain, but it sometimes comes in large amounts over a short period not giving the ground time to absorb what has fallen.  The County has begun to take steps to hopefully deter future debris flows by installing ring netting over the most problematic creeks.  They have worked on creating a better warning system for residents in the burn-zone areas.  Everybody is taking pre-cautions so the chances of mudslides are diminished and  hopefully those measures will be successful.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta was proud to be a small piece of the recovery during the Montecito mudslide and will remain ever-vigilant for future storms.

Contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at 805-963-0606.

Recommendations After a Fire

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke damage in a kitchen in Santa Barbara, CA heavy smoke damage

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara & Santa Ynez / Goleta knows that fires cause damage but often do not completely destroy a home. These claims are often called “partial losses” because the home has only been partially destroyed. Many families in Santa Barbara call SERVPRO regularly to find out what issues to watch out for with partial losses.

In any property loss situation, there are basic steps to follow to ensure the insurance recovery process goes smoothly.  SERVPRO recommends that you photo document everything that was damaged or destroyed, file a timely claim. Fire restoration work takes patience, understanding, and consistent and timely communication. Be prepared to dedicate your time, energy, and persistence to work with highly trained restoration specialists like SERVPRO who will guarantee their work.

Some important tips for dealing with a fire loss:

1.Structural Smoke Damage Removal

Regardless of the fire's size, large or small, the smoke will usually impact your entire home. If the smoke damage is not too heavy, we should be able to clean most everything with SERVPRO specailty clean products. However, it is important to know it is not safe to live inside a house with fire damage, even if all the smoke is cleared away.  There is likely to be soot and harmfull particles around that you can't see with the naked eye. Immediately after a fire, you may begin to notice stains on your walls, ceilings, or other plaster surfaces. As the hours pass, you may also begin to notice rust and corrosion on metal hardware throughout your home.  In addition, your fabric items may slowly begin to show visible signs of smoke damage.  This level of smoke damage requires professional guidance on how to handle items affected.

2. As Much as Possible Limit Activity

Limit your activity and movement in the house until your home is restored.  This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. During a fire, soot spreads to the whole house, attaching to surfaces.  The acidic properties of soot can further damage your home and indoor air quality if the soot is not removed immediately. Soot can inhabit your home even if there wasn't a fire. Use gloves so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. Before you clean, know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job. 

For further assistance or more information please contact us ANYTIME at (805) 963-0606 or at info@SERVPROsantabarbara.com

SERVPRO can restore your documents after a fire or water damage?

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

stack of filed papers in Santa Barbara, CA Even in todays digital world we still use paper for original documents

SERVPRO wants to take care of our customers in Santa Barbara, CA in their most vulnerable time of need, that is why we offer the professional services that we do: emergency mitigation, fire and water restoration, mold remediation, bio hazard cleaning and so much more. However, one restoration service that can be overlooked is our customer’s paper documents and records. Even today in our digital world we still have valuable papers. These items if mostly intact can be restored and digitized. 

If you are not familiar with it, here is an overview.

SERVPRO offers four services: Vacuum Freeze Drying, Gamma Irradiation, Digitizing, and Certified Destruction. Vacuum Freeze Drying is the most effective way to salvage water damaged documents. The saturated documents are immediately frozen and shipped from the loss site to our Corporate office. immediately freezing the documents arrests further damage. Mold is less likely to grow, ink will not run, pages are less likely to fall apart. Freezing is the first part to drying via sublimation. Sublimation is the process of solid ice converting directly to the gas state bypassing the liquid state. This prevents further damage to the water-logged documents. This process takes between 7-10 days depending on the severity and the number of documents affected. Gamma Irradiation is a process that is used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents. In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also contaminated with all types of bacteria. Using high-energy photons, the bacteria is killed at the molecular level. There is no fear of residual radiation or contamination, so don’t worry, you won’t turn into a green comic hero. If you want to digitize l with your records, we can do that too.

To bullet point and sum up the above article:

  • Drying- process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation (A process in which a substance is converted directly from a solid to a gas or from a gas to a solid without an intermediate liquid phase.) Note: Damaged documents should be frozen as quickly as possible to stabilize them and prevent further damage.
  • Cleaning- we offer onsite cleaning. This is cleaning each document front and back to remove debris and any surface particulate. 
  • Sterilization- Gamma Irradiation is a process that is used for disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. 
  • Deodorization- once paper has been wet, an odor can begin to form. Letting us deodorize your documents will reduce the odor and sometimes almost eliminate it. 
  • Destruction- we offer destruction onsite.
  • Digitization- digitizing documents makes them easier to access as well as easier to store. We use state-of-the-art equipment to turn your paper copy into a digital file.

If you find yourself in need of saving damaged documents, call SERVPRO and we will work hard to make it "Like it never even happened."

Contact us anytime at (805) 963-0606

A,BC,D ... and K ! know what fire extinguisher will work on what fire

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher hanging on the wall in Santa Barbara, CA Fire Extinguisher ready to go to work if needed

It is widely known that having an in-date fire extinguisher on your property is imperative to fire safety, but did you know that there are different kinds of fire extinguishers, as well as a proper way in which to use one?  Keeping yourself, your family, and your property protected in the event of a structure fire is paramount, and the below information can help facilitate that process.

Q:  What are the different kinds of fire extinguishers, and what is each used for?

A:  The U.S. Fire Administration defines five primary types of fire extinguishers used to put out different kinds of fires:

  1. A – used for ordinary material fires, such as wood, cloth, or paper.
  2. B – for use with combustible or flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, or oil.
  3. C – for use with electrical equipment like appliances and tools.
  4. D – for use with flammable metals.
  5. K – for use with animal oils, vegetable oils, and fats in cooking appliances.

One way to help remember which letter is for which type fire is; A for ash, B for Barrel, C for current, D for Dynamite and K for Kitchen. 

Many fire extinguishers may also be multipurpose, in that they carry multiple letter definitions and can put out a variety of material fires.

Q:  What is the proper way to use a fire extinguisher?

A: The U.S. Fire Administration suggests the acronym “PASS” as a means of properly discharging a fire extinguisher:

     P - Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

     A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

     S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

     S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side

To keep yourself safe, it is important to use extreme caution within a fire damaged structure, and always follow the guidance of local fire authorities.  SERVPRO of Santa Ynez/Goleta has a full line of fire clean up and restoration services in Santa Barbara, and we are Here to Help when you need.

Call us anytime for cleanup help (805) 963-0606

FIRE Mitigation (mitigation = the process or result of making something less severe)

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a car port in Santa Barbara, CA Fire damages local businesses

Mitigation = Stopping further damage from happing after a fire is one of the first considerations once the fire has been put out in your home or business. A fire damage in your Santa Barbara business can greatly affect your ability to continue operations. To recover as much value as possible from your fire damaged property that also will have smoke damage, and soot damage, a restoration company like SERVPRO should be contacted immediately. SERVPRO can help secure the property and carefully work with the authorities as often a cause and origin investigation will need to be completed by the fire department and possible the insurance company as well. The fire cleanup team at SERVPRO can assist in evaluating the damage to the property and listing the items that are present.

SERVPRO can also perform fire damage restoration and offer an estimate onsite. The fire cleanup usually includes drying up all the water that firefighters used to put the fire out which can flood the premises. This water can cause extensive water damage causing the growth of bacteria and mold. Any residual smoke smell will be ventilated until gone. A certified technician can dry out the property and prevent mold growth using industrial equipment that sometimes includes a water extractor, a dehumidifier, and an air mover along with air filtration equipment. All surfaces are cleaned and sanitized removing all of the smoke and soot damage. The SERVPRO fire damage clean-up team will also instruct property owners how to prevent commercial fire damage in the future. If the smoke smell continues, chemical solutions like an ozone treatment or thermal fogging are also options depending on the needs of the property owner. Additional treatments may be needed weeks or even months after the initial incident.

Fire cleanup can be extremely daunting. However, fire damage restoration is normal for a fire cleanup specialist, even in the aftermath of commercial fire damage. A specialist who has the experience and the expertise to guide a property owner will ensure that fire damage is minimized as much as possible

SERVPRO Recommendations for Fire Prevention

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of flames in Santa Barbara, CA Burning fires should never be left unattended

No ever one wants to deal with a fire in their home. If at all possible, it is better to prevent a fire if you can. There are some easy things you can do to make your home safer and reduce the risk of a blaze.

SERVPRO understands that residents are concerned about fire damage restoration in their Santa Barbara homes. We are available to help 24/7/365 (all year round). However, there are some simple things you can take to prevent a fire:

  • Never leave burning items unattended, including candles, fires, incense, cigarettes, and stoves. (consider flameless candles)
  • If you have any pets or children, invest in safety gates so they cannot enter the kitchen unnoticed. 
  • Do not overload electrical sockets.
  • Keep radiators uncovered and with proper clearance around them.

It is also a good idea to remember to test your fire alarm regularly and ensure your family knows about fire safety. However, even with the best care, a fire can still break out. If you need help with fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO. We will take care of everything from cleaning up soot to getting rid of odors.


For fire damage restoration you can trust, call your local SERVPRO at (805) 963-6060

California Wildfires Cleanup

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

wildfire burning in the hills wildfire burning in Santa Barbara County

When our are has a little to no rain and continued dry conditions will turn the hills behind Santa Barbara into a tinderbox.  In recent years, we have experienced the smoke, ash, and flames from The Gap Fire, The Jesusita Fire, The Tea Fire, and The Thomas Fire.  Historically, there have been many other wildfires in our town as nature exerts its powerful forces.  We have to expect that in the future, wildfires will continue to be a problem for us here locally.Strong winds and low relative humidity have caused wildfires to quickly erupt across California. Extended drought and high temperatures have led to drier than normal conditions across the area, further fueling the wildfires.

Personal safety is always the primary concern in these situations, the first several days after the fire is under control is the critical time to preventing secondary damages from smoke and soot. Once the local authorities say it is safe to return to your home and/or business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara would like to offer the following steps to help minimize additional harmful effects.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpet.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.
  • Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

DON’T:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. They may have been contaminated.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

Even if your property didn’t suffer fire damage, there could be soot particles and residues left to clean up. If not cleaned properly, the odor and effects can linger long after the fire has been put out. From the structure itself to the contents inside, SERVPRO Professionals use the latest technology and training to leave your property smelling fresh and clean. Call us anytime for help 24/7/365

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara (805) 963-0606

Smoke Detectors the forgotten sentinel!

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector covered  by smoke Smoke Detectors Save Lives !

Smoke alarms. We don't think much of them unless the battery is low and they start to beep or you have a fire in your Santa Barbara home!

One Buellton home owner just recently had a small electrical fire start in the kitchen in the middle of the night. The smoke alarms worked, waking the family up so they could evacuate and quickly extinguish the fire with a small fire extinguisher. There is little doubt this fire would have been much more devastating if the smoke alarms were not functioning properly or non- existent. 

Please take the time to maintain them and test them at least once a month. If they are close to 10-years-old, you should get new ones. FEMA and the American Red Cross recommend this.

Also, according to FEMA, the risk of death if you do have a home fire is cut in half for homes with smoke alarms. 

Also, smoke alarms can limit fire damage as well as was the case of the Buellton home owner who was able to awaken and put the fire out before it grew. SERVPRO recommends everyone get out of the home and dial 911 during a fire. 

Please checkup on those sentinels! 

Texas Polar Vortex and loss of power = lots of water damaged homes and businesses !

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks and trailers on a job site SERVPRO is ready and arrives with everything needed to get the job done!

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta are traveling to Texas.  This is no leisure trip.  We are there to help with the cleanup from the recent freeze. 

The beauty of being part of the SERVPRO system is that when nature throws weather at you that is overwhelming, you have a nationwide franchise Storm Team that's on call and help is on the way.

Texas suffered historic freezing weather which also caused power outages. People could no longer keep their homes warm and pipes froze expanding and bursting.

We worked hand-in-hand with the local franchise as well as SERVPRO franchises from many different parts of the country.  Our common goal was to help as many people as we could to get their homes clean and dry so they could get their lives back to normal.

The good people in Texas have been grateful that somebody from as far away as California would be willing to travel so far to help them.  For SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta, it was just another day at the office and we were glad to help.  After all, water remediation is what we do, regardless of the state.

FIRE in your business can be devastating but SERVPRO can help

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial kitchen fire in Santa Barbara, CA Restaurant kitchen fire cause closure of business

Commercial fire damage can leave some or all areas of your Santa Barbara property unusable and unsafe until mitigation work can be completed. If your workplace has been impacted by a fire, you will want to get a plan of action started as quickly as possible so that the business can be restored and open back up as soon as possible. 

When you are dealing with commercial fire damage, the scope of work that needs to be accomplished starts with a thorough assessment. The damage generally includes more than just burn damage to the structure, business equipment and documents. In many instances, smoke, as well as water from the firefighters' efforts, will damage one or more areas of the property and in deferent ways. Smoke damage will likely be present throughout the entire property in most cases. 

Many steps may be required to improve the property after you have commercial fire damage. For example, you may need to remove drywall that has been damaged by smoke or water from the fire event. You may also need to have the carpeting, business fixtures, and upholstered surfaces professionally cleaned. Some areas may need to be fully reconstructed, such as those that have been burned by the flames. When you are preparing for fire damage repair services, it is important to consider all aspects of the work that needs to be done before you decide how to proceed. Then call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. Your time and lost business revenue should be of paramount importance. 

While you need all of the work completed with professional results, you also need them performed promptly so that operations can resume in full swing as soon as possible. You could attempt to contract with different service providers to repair the various types of damage on the property, but this is often not the most efficient method available. Working with one company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta that has the skills and experience to handle all aspects of the repair process may be the most effective option available. 

When your commercial building has suffered fire damage, you may struggle with what steps you need to take to get the property repaired and operations back up and running again soon. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta offers professional fire damage repair services for commercial properties, and we are the local company that you trust to respond to requests for emergency service without delay.

 Call us today at (805) 963-0606.

For Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Call SERVPRO

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

burned up room fire destroyed room

When your property has been severely compromised by a fire damage, you will need to rely on the expert assistance of a locally owned and operated restoration service like SERVPRO. The damage caused by fire doesn't end when the flames are put out. On the contrary, even after the initial fire has been extinguished, a host of other problems will develop. 

How to Properly Control Santa Barbara Commercial Fire Damage;
When it comes to professionally controlling the commercial fire damage in your work place, your best bet is to contact the restoration service that has experience in dealing with such essential matters - SERVPRO.

While the fire itself may have caused considerable damage to your property, other elements, such as debris, smoke, and water damage and eventually mold growth, may also soon threaten to render it uninhabitable and keep your doors closed. By calling SERVPRO, we can work with you and your insurance company, begin the clean up to get you you back in business as soon as possible.

Fire Damage Restoration Is an All-encompassing Experience 
A professional commercial fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO offers an all-encompassing solution. It begins when you inform us about the nature of your problem. We will send a team of friendly and knowledgeable service professionals to begin an immediate inspection of the property. Afterward, we will present you with a comprehensive diagnosis of the solution along with a estimate for the cost for our services. You are under absolutely no obligation until you agree to have our team begin restoration work on your property, as noted.

Once the initial assessment and inspection have been completed, SERVPRO will start a comprehensive cleanup and restoration process. We will safely discard remaining debris, remediate any mold or other bacterial growth, and clean up any stains and blemishes that the fire may have caused. After controlled demolition and detailed cleaing we will also remove obnoxious and potentially poisonous odors that may still be lingering in the building by utilizing ozone machines and foggers. 

The Nature of Our Service Is Restoration Rather Than Replacement if possible.
When it comes to cleaning up the damage left behind by commercial fire damage, the essence of our service is to focus on efforts to restore rather than replace the existing property. Restoration will speed up the process to get your business up and running again. This will minimize the loss of profits that would be increased if you had to wait for a new property to be built. We also focus on restoration of damaged documents, retail stock, and furnishing to expedite your re-opening. "Like it never even happened."

Repairing the Effects of Commercial Fire Damage in Santa Barbara 
When it comes to dealing with the effects of Santa Barbara commercial fire damage, we are your locally owned and operated restoration and cleanup authority. When fire damage threatens your property in the city or nearby areas, such as Buellton, Solvang, Goleta or Santa Ynez Valley, we will be there to assist you.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606.

SERVPRO can restore your fire damaged Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Santa Ynez Valley property

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged parking area in Santa Barbara, CA. As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your properly restored.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Santa Ynez Valley Property

Once your home in Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Santa Ynez valley is hit by a fire, your top priority is getting your property cleaned and repaired and in many cases, this desire leads people to pursue DIY cleanup projects. If this were your planned methodology, you should reconsider this course of action. If the fire damage is of any consequence, many concerns need to be addressed. Can you do all of this yourself?

1. Water Removal: Standing water left behind the fire extinguishing efforts of the local fire department can have several important ramifications. The resulting water damage can be furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. SERVPRO utilizes water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly thereby mitigating the damage. Fire damage unfortunately, has collateral damage.

2. Smoke Damage: The smoke damage that results from a fire can be quite substantive. In fact, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unaddressed, this smoke damage can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke necessitates the use of professional procedures and products that fire restoration specialists from SERVPRO have in its arsenal.

3. Salvageable Goods: In many cases, homeowners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that are salvageable. Don't make this mistake. Instead, allow SERVPRO to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. We will assess, inspect and issue you a Contents Claim Inventory Service form--CCIS. Items can be containerized and cleaned at our facility by our IICRC-trained technicians.
4. Time Efficiency: If you attempt to complete the fire restoration process without professional assistance, the project will take a lot of time and probably lack positive results. However, hiring SERVPRO to put your home back in repaired, healthy condition after fire damage enables you to feel confident of the restoration. Consider the effort, equipment, and training involved in successfully restoring your home to its pre-fire condition.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Santa Barbara, Goleta and the Santa Ynez Valley too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Santa Ynez is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency in Buelton, Summerland and other areas. We are proud to be an active member of the Santa Barbara communities. Call us to help you. (805) 963-0606

Keep it Local

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO Certified: Clean logo

The key is being local.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is based right here in Goleta.  All of our technicians live in Santa Barbara or Goleta.  When there is a problem that needs attention, we are able to rally our troops and get them to your location quickly.  Many of our competitors come from as far away as Los Angeles.  They do not know our city like we do.  They are not your neighbors like we are.  

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is invested in our shared community and we want to help you to get any water, fire, or mold problem behind you as rapidly as possible. When you call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara you’re calling the experts who make you feel like family. We are committed to giving you great service and guide you through the difficult situations you face when restoring your home. In any case, big or small remember that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is always available to take a look or to offer assistance.  We are always available for estimates or second opinions or inspections so please feel free to contact us at any time to get some expert advice.

Call us at 805-963-0606 or email us at office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com

Creepy Crawlspace

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Crawlspace… what’s that? A crawlspace is an unoccupied, unfinished, narrow space within a building, between the ground and the first floor. The crawl space is so named because there is typically only enough room to crawl rather than stand. Most people don’t really notice it until something starts leaking and that leakage can turn into mold growing and the smell from the crawlspace can emanate into the whole house. If you’ve never been in a crawlspace its very dark, has very little oxygen since there is no air flow, and full of creepy crawlers, it can be very dangerous if you are not aware and unexperienced. After you have a plumber fix the leak that’s where we come in. Here at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara we are very experienced and help! We can remediate the mold, spray an antimicrobial, and dehumidify to ensure there are no more mold spores and the space stays dry.  Of course, we hope that you never have to deal with a moldy crawlspace in your home and, if you do, that it will be minor and easy to deal with.  In any case, big or small remember that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is always available to take a look or to offer assistance.  We are always available for estimates or second opinions or inspections so please feel free to contact us at any time to get some expert advice. Call us at 805-963-0606 or email us at office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com.

Commercial water damage-what to do and what not to do

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in commercial buildings Commercial water damage-what to do and what not to do

Water damage is an issue that commercial property owners may face at any given moment. However, business owners who know how to handle the after effects of water damage can decrease losses, reduce their stress, and limit financial expenditures. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta suggests the following tips to help you along to make this event less damaging to your business.

Do's
1. The source of the water damage must be located and terminated. If more than turning off a faucet, unclogging a drain, or turning off the main supply line is required, call a plumber or maintenance. The less standing water, the less water damage, and the less time to return to pre-water damage condition. 
2. Take pictures of the areas of the property, equipment, and furnishings that have been damaged by water. Normally, water damage is covered under a business insurance policy, but flooding by a storm may not be covered under the general policy. If an insurance adjuster is called in to estimate damages and repair costs, we suggest that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez/Goleta is also contacted to meet and coordinate water damage restoration plans with your adjuster. We have working relationships, or are an approved vendor for, over 300 insurance companies, property management companies and federal, state, and local government agencies.
3. Contact a commercial water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta to complete the water removal, clean up, drying, repair, and content restoration processes. You should look for a well-organized, trained and equipped company that also has:
IICRC certification, cleaning, sanitizing, deodorizing
• A good Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating
• Good online reviews and testimonials from past customers
• Competitive rates, no overselling of unneeded services
• 24/7 emergency services, with rapid response to location
• Great customer service, from start to completion

Don'ts
1. Don't try to clean up the water damage yourself if there are large amounts of water. Wicking and absorption of water into drywall, furniture and flooring requires special drying techniques. Deep standing water may conceal dangerous objects along with a slippery surface. Given that you do not possess the specialized equipment and protective gear necessary to protect yourself against these hazards, attempting to complete the water damage cleanup process yourself could increase your susceptibility to injury and illness.
2. Do not reenter the commercial property before receiving approval in the case of massive water intrusion. Personal safety and preservation of property are of paramount importance.
3. Don't try to use newspaper to absorb water on any upholstery or fabrics as the ink may run causing staining. 
4. Don't walk over wet carpet unless doing so is unavoidable.
5. Don't turn on any appliances or business machines. 

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial water or flood damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building in Santa Barbara, big box store in Goleta, or a retail store in Solvang, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.  Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance at (805) 963-0606.In

Restoring History

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

The Lompoc theater has stood proudly in Lompoc since 1927.  It was once the home to a wide variety of exciting musical events from symphonies to rock concerts, live theater events from vaudeville to ballet, and to cinema from small indies to Hollywood blockbusters.  But, sadly, the theaters' glory days were behind her and time has not been kind to the theater. 

Fortunately, the community has rallied with the intention of bringing the historic theater back to life.  A committee was put together to raise funds to try to restore the old theater.  The committee thought that it would be ideal for potential donors to see the interior of the theater so that they could better be inspired to give.  The only problem was that the years of neglect had left the theater with serious issues from bird feces as well as a substantial amount of mold.  It was unsafe for the public to enter.

A call was made to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez.  It was a lot of tough work but SERVPRO was able to remove and sanitize all of the areas affected by the pigeon poop.  Then the highly trained professionals got started on the mold and before long, that was gone as well.  The theater was able to hold a 90th anniversary celebration fundraiser in which the public could safely step inside to view the jewel of downtown Lompoc.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez is locally owned and operated.  We live here in the community with you and are thrilled to have been able to our part in helping restore a historic building.

Home Buyers Beware

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is officially here, and spring is known in the real estate business as the start of the selling season.  According to Housingwire.com, since 1999, non-seasonally adjusted existing home sales have increased by an average of 33% between February and March. The sales continue to ramp up during the spring and summer months before trailing off in the fall and winter.

Most prospective owners involved in the process of buying a home understand that some renovations may be necessary but aren’t prepared for hidden moisture and mold damage that can significantly escalate repair costs. Unfortunately, this kind of oversight happens repeatedly during home buying transactions because home inspectors cannot see behind cabinets or walls, so often the sources of trouble are not found until after the sale. This common oversight causes many new owners to make wrongful assumptions during their purchase, potentially costing them significant expenses in unplanned renovations.

When it comes to uncovering hidden mold, your best weapons as you are looking around a house you are considering purchasing are a good sense of smell and a strong flashlight.  If your nose detects the familiar musty aroma of mold, try to see if there is an obvious place where you can see it.  Use your bright flashlight to take a good look under sinks and behind furniture.  If any mold pops up, make sure to bring it to the attention of the home inspector you hire to do your pre-purchase inspection.  If he can find the source of the mold and the current owners can get it fixed, you can save a lot of money on future remediation. If you do purchase a home that comes with a side of mold, feel free to contact us here at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara to fix that for you fast.  We can be reached any time at 805-963-0606

Rat Race

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Rats and mice for some people think of them as pets but for most people they find them as pest who sneak in their house leaving “presents”. When you have a rodent problem, it can never be fun but what happens after the exterminator leaves and you find droppings all inside your attic. Yuck! The accumulation of feces from mice and rats can spread bacteria, contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions in humans. Once the fecal matter becomes dry, it can be hazardous to those who breathe it in. I bet you didn’t know SERVPRO of Santa Barbara are experts in cleaning up this hazardous material to keep you and your loved ones safe. We have been serving the Santa Barbara county for over 15 years and we know how to make our customers happy by providing great service quickly and safely. Of course, we hope that you never have to deal with rodents in your home and, if you do, that it will be minor and easy to deal with. In the case where it is not simple, remember that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is always available to take a look or to offer assistance. We do not charge for estimates or second opinions or inspections so please feel free to contact us at any time to get some expert advice. Call us at 805-963-0606 or email us at office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com.

Underwater

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Finally, the weekend, time to relax after a hectic work week. You decide to take the wife and kids for a little weekend trip out of town. You put the alarm on and make sure all your doors and windows are locked, your usual due diligence. While your away and having a great time with your family a water supply line burst. When you return to your house you open the front door to see water covering the floor in the bathroom, bedroom and hallway. You wonder to yourself how could this happen? You first call a plumber to assess and fix the burst pipe and then who do you call for the water cleanup? Your new carpet is ruined. Or so you thought. Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara where our motto is “like it never happened”. We can extract water out of the carpets and dry out all the areas affected by the water damage.
Experts recommend that you periodically check all your supply lines to make sure that there are no signs of wear and tear. So, if you are going to be away from your home for any length of time, there are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening to you:
1. Turn off the main water valve coming to your house.
2. If you are really concerned, you can shut off valves to toilets, dishwashers, washing machines or any other appliance.
3. Obviously, take the time to inspect your supply lines.
4. Check your gutters to make sure there are no blockages.
5. Install automatic shutoffs that detect leaks and shut off your devices when moisture is sensed!

Toilet Troubles!?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

You’re enjoying a lazy Sunday in with your honey and you guys are sitting on the couch enjoying this movie you’ve been dying to see. Then you hear a rumbling at first you think it is just your tummy, but it grows louder and louder until you hear splashing… You go to check it out and your toilet overflowed but its not just water… its sewage. Gross! It is sludgy, brownish and does not have a very pleasant smell. Oh no! Lazy Sunday is ruined, or so you thought. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is here to help. Here at SERVPRO we try to help you as much as possible with these types of disasters and we will call you within 1 hour and within 4 hours we’ll be onsite. What other place is going to take care of you with this type of efficiency. Of course, we hope that you never have to deal with a sewage overflow in your home and, if you do, that it will be minor and easy to deal with. In the case where it is not simple, remember that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is always available to take a look or to offer assistance. We do not charge for estimates or second opinions or inspections so please feel free to contact us at any time to get some expert advice. Call us at 805-963-0606 or email us at office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com.

Night Out Gone Bad!

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of kitchen fire As fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored.

After a fun night out in Santa Barbara, there is nothing better than coming home and fixing yourself a nice greasy, late-night breakfast. Some bacon and eggs, and maybe some toast, will help to make the munchies go away. You crack the eggs and get the bacon frying up in the pan and decide now would be a good time to turn on the TV. While that delicious breakfast is basically cooking itself, you plop down on the couch to watch a YouTube video your friend has been nagging you to watch. The only problem is, this video is not that funny and now that your body is horizontal, and those eyelids getting heavy. Soon, the loud rumbling of your snoring fills the room. The bacon and eggs continue to cook themselves, only now they are not doing so hot. The grease has reached a flashpoint and the ingredients of the pan are on fire. A spark leaps out of the pan and finds a dish towel which transfers the fire to the wall and before you know it, the smoke alarm is screaming at you to wake up because your kitchen is burning. Adrenaline forces you out of your sleep-induced stupor and your survival instincts kick in. You grab a fire extinguisher and attack the flames. The foam suffocates the fire and just as quickly as it started, it is all over. Except now your house smells like a fire pit. Ugh! Smokey and fire extinguisher dust everywhere. I guess cooking bacon and eggs at 2 in the morning after a night out not the best idea, next time Jack in the Box it is!

Just be glad that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is only a phone call away. Fire and smoke cleanup is one of our specialties. Our talented IICRC-Certified crew will attack the project with years of experience that guides each decision and process. Give us a call at 805-963-0606 the next time your late night action gets a little too “hot”.

We Are Here For You Anytime and Any Place.

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Van Getting to you with a quickness.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is available 24 hours a day for water and fire damage emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. Fire or smoke damage the building needs to be secure and may require emergency cleaning of smooth surfaces, glass (windows) and fixtures so they do not become etched or damaged from settled soot.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has the specific fire and water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration and will be there when you need us.

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water or fire damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • What year your home was built? (we ask this because homes built prior to 1981 require testing for lead and asbestos prior to us removing any structural material)

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  

Call us at 805-963-0606.

Awe Soot!

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Roof soot SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and SERVPRO of Santa Ynez / Goleta is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event.

Living in Santa Barbara, California is as dream! We have sunshine almost all year round, we’re close to the beach and also the beautiful mountains and hills of covered in greenery and sometimes if it gets cold enough snow. Sounds like the perfect place to me. Oh no I forgot about the wildfires.

You’re sitting in your dream home and somewhere nearby somebody was having a gender reveal party. They spark flames and the dry brush around them has caused a wildfire. Oh no! Thank goodness the fire doesn’t damage your house but there’s soot everywhere. It’s all over your windows and roof, you try and clean it but you are just smearing and scratching your windows. What do you do now? Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara.

We can pressure wash all that grimy soot left behind. Yes! They are the ones that can do your fire damage cleanup. They are only a phone call away. Fire damage cleanup is one of our specialties.  Our talented crew will attack the project with years of experience that guides each decision and process. Wow your house is “Like nothing ever happened.” Give us a call at 805-963-0606.

Flooded Office?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

It’s raining! Finally, we can enjoy being cozy in our oversized sweatshirts, however your thinking to yourself “Wow, is raining pretty hard out there.” You walk into your office on Monday and the rain flooded and leaked into your building. Ugh now what?!

Water damage at your place of business is never convenient. With the recent rains, however, many local businesses found themselves facing just that inconvenience when they arrived at work. Business owners know that they must deal with the wet walls and floors but the question then becomes, how do I keep my business open while the emergency is handled? Fortunately, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has significant experience in this area. We take special care so that if it is possible to keep your place of work open, we help you to navigate the obstacles and keep your business in business.

When a local realtors office came to work last week, they found that their carpet was soaked and drywall had gotten wet from flooding on their street. They called SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and asked if there was a way to keep their office open while we did our work. The office had an open layout and they feared the noise from our equipment would be too loud and would blow away their paperwork. Our talented crew immediately went to work setting up a full floor-to-ceiling opaque containment which kept our equipment out of sight and noise to a reasonable level. The containment served double-duty by reducing the volume of air in area of the water damage which helps to speed up drying time.

In the end, the realtors were able to keep working and the water damage was dried without major interruptions to the business. If you see water damage at work, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara any time at 805-963-0606.

Remember to check those smoke alarms

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage SERVPRO can help with clean up after a fire

Smoke alarms are often overlooked until the battery is low and they start their incessant chirping or, even worse, you have a fire in your home. Those little sentinels can be life-savers though so it needs to be your priority to make sure you have enough smoke alarms in your home and that all of them are working properly.  Smoke alarms can give you enough time to wake up and get out of your house before a fire turns deadly and they give you time to call the fire department to help limit any property damage.

Laptops and cell phones can often be the cause if they are left on something like bedding.  If they battery overheats they can start a fire. If this happens, especially if it happens in the middle of the night, smoke alarms will give that important signal to get out. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, over 3,000 people a year die in fires in the United States and this example shows how vital it is to keep your smoke detectors maintained properly.

Smoke detectors should be tested once a month and if they fail the test, replace the battery or replace the alarm.  Additionally, if your smoke alarm is over 10 years old, both FEMA and the American Red Cross recommend that you replace it with a new one.  FEMA states that your chances of dying in a fire are reduced by half if you have a home that is fully equipped fully with functioning smoke alarms.

If you do unfortunately ever suffer from a fire in your Santa Barbara home, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is available to help you clean up and get your lives back to normal.  We are locally owned and operated. We can be reached at 805-963-0606.

Water damage can lead to mold-what to do if you smell mold

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Growth Water damage can lead to mold growth-what to do if you suspect you have mold

The nights have turned colder, and people are starting to spend more time inside.  Since it is cold out, you close the windows and turn on your furnace which blows warm air around.  You may start to notice an odor in the air.  Some people describe the smell as musty.  Typically, the smell comes from mold.

The mold may be obvious as a dark patch on drywall in the bathroom or it may be hidden beneath or behind your kitchen cabinets or in your walls.  All mold requires water to grow so at some point in the recent past.  As the mold dries out however, some types like to release their spores into the air so that they may find a better home.  The mold may also release microbial volatile organic compounds which produce the aroma you are smelling.

If you notice this tell tale odor, you may want to take a look around to see if there are any obvious signs of mold in your home.  If your search does not turn up any obvious signs, you may want to consult an Environmental Testing company to test your environment.  If it turns out that you do find you have mold, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is there to help you make it go away.  We are locally owned and operated and on call 24 hours.  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Restore or remove, that is the question

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage Should you remove or restore when there is water damage

During a water loss, removing and replacing may seem like the easiest and quickest option. At SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta, we look to restoration rather than tear out and replace as a first option. Some of the pros to restoration include: being more cost efficient, it helps our carbon footprint by limiting what we put in landfills, and saving many items with sentiment that cannot be replaced. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta works seamlessly with insurance companies, providing them with restoration budgets that not only meet their stringent guidelines, but provide the homeowner with the best possible outcome in the end. Cost effective remediation methods are tailored to the expected condition of the items in each area. For example if you have water damaged wood flooring and they are solid wood planks, often with special equipment they can be dried in place and saved. In some cases, the flooring may need refinishing once drying goals are met. Even in this example if the wood floors did need to be refinished, time and money are saved. SERVPRO can use similar techniques to save cabinets, walls and the types of non-structural, water-damaged materials that can be expensive to replace.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta will always do their best to act quickly, restore whatever they can and keep things as accessible as possible.

We are locally owned and operated.  Call us at (805)963-0606 or go online.

Remediation and restoration, it's what we do

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

checking for moisture Checking moisture levels

When your home or business suffers a water damage, it often seems like the easiest and quickest option will be to remove any affected items and just replace them with new ones. At SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta, we work hard to be able to save as much of your property as we can rather than just tearing things out and throwing them away.  There are many advantages to the restoration work that we do; restoration is more cost efficient, it helps our carbon footprint by limiting what we put in landfills, and restoration can help save many items with sentimental value that cannot be replaced.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara  and Santa Ynez/Goleta works with most every insurance company and understands how to provide them with restoration budgets that not only meet their stringent guidelines, but provide the homeowner with the best possible outcome in the end. Upon arrival to your water damage, our trained technicians will classify the loss depending upon:

  1. The source of the water
  2. How long the structure has been water damaged before mitigation started
  3. What materials are affected 

Next, the technicians will come up with  a cost effective remediation method that is tailored to the expected condition of the materials in each area. For example, if you have water damaged wood flooring but the flooring is constructed with solid wood planks, we can often use special equipment to dry the flooring in place and salvage it. In some cases, the flooring may need refinishing once drying goals are met. Even in this example if the wood floors did need to be refinished, time and money are saved. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can use similar techniques to save cabinets, walls and the types of non-structural, water-damaged materials that can be expensive to replace.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta will always do their best to act quickly, restore whatever they can and get you back to your normal life!

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  We are part of your community.  Contact us at (805)963-0606 or go on line.

SERVPRO travels to Louisiana

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

hurricane cleanup SERVPRO is here to help

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta are traveling to Louisiana.  This is no leisure trip.  We are there to help with the cleanup from the recent hurricanes.  The beauty of being part of the SERVPRO system is that when nature throws weather at you that is overwhelming, you have a nationwide franchise to call on and help is on the way.  We worked hand-in-hand with the local franchise as well as SERVPRO franchises from many different parts of the country.  Our common goal was to help as many people as we could to get their homes clean and dry so they could get their lives back to normal.

The good people in Louisiana have been grateful that somebody from as far away as California would be willing to travel so far to help them.  For SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta, it was just another day at the office and we were glad to help.  After all, water remediation is what we do, regardless of the state.

SERVPRO can help with an Emergency Readiness Profile for your business

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in PPE SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Profile

If you own or manage a commercial property in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montectio, or the Santa Ynez Valley, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta has a tool that any property manager would be wise to utilize... the Emergency Readiness Profile. The profile is a custom-made directive that will help prepare you for any water, mold, fire emergency.  The Emergency Readiness Profile (or ERP) gives you the tools and the confidence to act fast in the case of an emergency. Your Emergency Readiness Profile is a file that identifies where shut off valves for gas and water are in the case there is a gas leak or water leak in your building. These are crucial items in your building and it is critical to know where they are located in order to mitigate damage after a leak or an emergency. An Emergency Readiness Profile also provides useful directions and helpful tips for procedures to follow when you find yourself in a situation that you hope to never find yourself in.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta will provide you with a very detailed file that you can keep close and on hand in case you encounter a situation you cannot handle. Preparation is the key to successfully getting past any disaster that occurs at your business.  Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara  and Santa Ynez/Goleta today at 805-963-0606 to be ready when your next emergency arrives and schedule an appointment for a free ERP today!

Water damage and mold-two sides of the same coin

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in walls SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help with water damage and mold remediation.

We consider water damages and mold to be two sides of the same coin.  The mold jobs that we remediate are just water damages that have gone on for too long.  The problem usually comes when they find out that the pipe behind their drywall or under a sink behind supplies had actually been leaking for a long time.  Behind the drywall is the perfect home for mold…once you introduce that moisture to whatever spores might be behind your walls, the mold springs to life and begins to grow.

In many cases, we will recommend that you consult an environmental consultant.  These consultants will come in to assess your mold situation.  They will take samples that will let you know how much mold you have compared to natural levels found outside your home and they can also identify the specific types of mold that were found in their testing.  If it turns out that the tests show that the levels of mold are elevated, the consultants can put together a scope of work for remediation.  Once the scope of work has been prepared, now would be the best time to contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta.  We will send a trained technician to your home that can provide you with an estimate for removing the mold.  We never charge for our estimates and we can explain the whole process to you while we are on site.  

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  We are your neighbors.  We can help get you back "Like it never even happened."  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Fire Damage Assessment

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

burned building with caution tape commercial fire loss

One of the most devastating events that can affect your home or business is a fire damage. In addition to generating thousands of dollars worth of damage, fires can destroy your valuable possessions and cause unwanted water damage. In many cases, homeowners become anxious and feel a sense of hopelessness when they witness the depth and scope of their fire-damaged property. However, hiring a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can limit your losses and restore your equilibrium. To help you with the restoration process, these fire damage experts perform a detailed assessment of your property. Learn more about the assessment process by reviewing the following blog.


Fire Damage Assessment Basics

In many cases, homeowners are tempted to start the cleanup process for themselves after a fire has impacted their property. Don't make this mistake. Instead, you should first contact your insurance agent to determine the extent of your coverage for the damages. The insurance company will also need to perform an inspection to your property to attain a clear estimate for repairing damages. You will also need to get in contact with a professional fire damage restoration company. Both SERVPRO and the insurance adjuster will complete the fire damage assessment. The assessment is effective in determining the extent of the damages, whether it is safe for you to reenter the property, and which equipment and materials will be necessary to complete the restoration process. Here are some of the primary components of the assessment process:

Assessing Superficial Damage

Following a fire in your home or business, a restoration expert will check your property for superficial damage. During this process, the remediation professional will start with the exterior and look for things like missing shingles, damaged chimneys, melted objects, and fire-damaged items. Additionally, the specialist will check your roof, yard, and other exterior regions of the property. Throughout the assessment, it's a good idea for you to make a video or take pictures of these items, only if it can be done safely. This visual evidence will help you in the event that you have challenges with achieving appropriate insurance restitution.

Assessing Internal Damage

After analyzing the property for superficial damage, the fire damage restoration professional will inspect the interior of your house for damage. This inspection of adjoining rooms for smoke, soot, and water damage will aid in determining an action plan for restoration.

The Cleanup Process

Once the SERVPRO specialist has completed the fire damage assessment, the cleanup process can start with water removal (if need.) This process diminishes the growth of mold on your property. The primary purpose of this cleanup process is to prevent further damage from adversely impacting your home

If your home or business has been partially destroyed because of fire, it's important that you allow a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to restore your house to its pre-fire condition. We offer round-the-clock assistance by our highly trained technicians using the most cutting-edge equipment available.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Santa Barbara too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is close by and ready to respond to your fire or damage emergency.

For additional information see "After the Fire" by FEMA.

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara & Santa Ynez / Goleta  24/7 (805) 963-0606

SERVPRO can restore your fire damage property

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

photo of the front of a burned up house this fire started in the garage and made its way inside the home

Once your home in is hit by a fire, your top priority is getting your property cleaned and repaired. In many cases, this desire leads people to pursue DIY cleanup projects. If this were your planned methodology, you should reconsider this course of action. If the fire damage is of any consequence, many concerns need to be addressed. Can you do all of these tasks yourself?

1. Water Removal - Standing water left behind after the fire extinguishing efforts of the local fire department have several important ramifications. The resulting water damage can be furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. SERVPRO utilizes water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly, thereby mitigating the damage. Fire damage unfortunately, has collateral damage.

2. Smoke Damage: The smoke damage that results from a fire can be quite substantive. In fact, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unaddressed, this smoke damage can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke necessitates the use of professional procedures and products that fire restoration specialists from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara have in their arsenal.

3. Salvageable Goods: In many cases, homeowners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that are salvageable. Don't make this mistake. Instead, allow SERVPRO to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. This inventories affected household items and classifies them into non-salvageable, salvageable or questionable lists. Items can be containerized and cleaned by our IICRC-trained technicians.

4. Time Efficiency: If you attempt to complete the fire restoration process without professional assistance, the project will take a lot of time and probably lack positive results. However, hiring SERVPRO to help put your home back in a repaired, healthy condition after fire damage enables you to feel confident of the restoration. Consider the effort, equipment, and training involved in successfully restoring your home to its pre-fire condition.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Santa Barbara area too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and SERVPRO of Santa Ynez / Goleta is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency in Santa Barbara, Buellton, Montecito, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Goleta, Solvang and other areas. We are proud to be an active member of the Santa Barbara community. Call us to help you.

24/7    (805) 963-0606

The Avila Fire

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Phos-Chek on a home Phos-Chek saved this home!

The Avila Fire, flames though are not the only thing that homeowners have to worry about.  Ash and smoke come right along with the fire and they try really hard to get into your home. Not to mention the bright pink fire retardant aircraft drop -  Phos-Chek used to save property.

You close your doors and you close your windows.  Smoke does not care.  As long as there is a way for air to get into your house, Smoke and his buddy ash come along for the ride.  Once they get into your house, they bring an odor that is unpleasant. On the outside not only could there be soot and ash but everything could be bright pink if your property was saved from a Phos-Chek dump.

How do you get rid of these unwanted guests?  Well SERVPRO of Santa Barbara of course.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara & Santa Ynez / Goleta has all of the equipment and all of the experience necessary to clean your home and get rid of that offensive smell.  We will bring your home back to its preloss condition and make it smell and look "Like it never even happened."

Call us 24/7 (805) 963-0606

Call on SERVPRO to help with clean up from water damage

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

flooding SERVPRO can help with water damage from storms

No matter the source of the water damage, it can be devastating. If your residential property in Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Santa Ynez Valley is exposed to water damage, it should be dealt with quickly and efficiently in order to prevent further harm. When water gets loose in your house, it can cause many types of structural damage and can ruin carpets, furniture, flooring and more. Water can also give rise to the development and spread of toxic molds. Mold occurs naturally in all home environments but the trick is not to let your house get moist which would help the mold to grow. When you do find that water has found a way in to your home, a call to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help you avoid the unwanted after effects of water damage.

Our process begins with the arrival of our team of licensed professionals. The technicians will use a wide range of equipment to begin the water extraction process including powerful pumps and wet-vacs to help off-set possible secondary water damage. Dehumidifiers and air-movers will be placed to begin the drying process. Our water remediation specialists will treat the affected areas with anti-microbial solution to disinfect your property, a key treatment in preventing the growth and proliferation of mold and bacteria.  They will dispose of any non-salvageable goods and debris after listing the inventory and they will remove all insulation or wet drywall.

Although water damage can be a taxing reality to deal with, it is helpful to know there are people you can call to prevent stress for you and preserve the structural integrity of your home. To ensure that you react to the results of water damage effectively, it's important that you call professionals who can handle the remediation and restoration processes with skill and speed. The team to trust is SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. We will work with a sense of urgency to restore your structure and property to its previous condition in the quickest time possible.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  Contact us at (805)963-0606.

What you should do if your commercial property is damaged by fire-SERVPRO can help by fire

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO SERVPRO can help clean up your fire damaged commercial property

Commercial fire damage can leave some or all areas of your property unusable until repair work can be completed. When your workplace has been impacted by a fire, you will want to get repairs started as quickly as possible so that the property can be restored and becomes fully functional. 


When you are dealing with  commercial fire damage, the scope of work that needs to be accomplished starts with a thorough assessment. The destruction generally includes more than just burn damage to the structure, business equipment and documents. In many instances, smoke, as well as water from the firefighters' efforts, will ruin one or more areas of the property. Smoke damage may be present throughout the entire property in some cases. 


Many steps may be required to improve the property after you have commercial fire damage. For example, you may need to remove drywall that has been damaged by smoke or water from the fire event. You may also need to have the carpeting, business fixtures, and upholstered surfaces professionally cleaned. Some areas may need to be fully reconstructed, such as those that have been burned by the flames. When you are preparing for fire damage repair services, it is important to consider all aspects of the work that needs to be done before you decide how to proceed. Then call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. Your time and lost business revenue should be of paramount importance. 


While you need all of the work completed with professional results, you also need them performed promptly so that operations can resume in full swing as soon as possible. You could attempt to contract with different service providers to repair the various types of damage on the property, but this is often not the most efficient method available. Working with one company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta that has the skills and experience to handle all aspects of the repair process may be the most effective option available. 

When your commercial building has suffered fire damage, you may struggle with what steps you need to take to get the property repaired and operations back up and running again soon. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta offers professional fire damage repair services for commercial properties, and we are the local company that you trust to respond to requests for emergency service without delay. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do for your property after a fire, look no further than our office. Call us today at (805) 963-0606.

What you should do if your commercial property is damaged by fire

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help with commercial fire damage

Commercial fire damage can leave some or all areas of your property unusable until repair work can be completed. When your workplace has been impacted by a fire, you will want to get repairs started as quickly as possible so that the property can be restored and becomes fully functional. 

When you are dealing with commercial fire damage, the scope of work that needs to be accomplished starts with a thorough assessment. The destruction generally includes more than just burn damage to the structure, business equipment and documents. In many instances, smoke, as well as water from the firefighters' efforts, will ruin one or more areas of the property. Smoke damage may be present throughout the entire property in some cases. 

Many steps may be required to improve the property after you have commercial fire damage. For example, you may need to remove drywall that has been damaged by smoke or water from the fire event. You may also need to have the carpeting, business fixtures, and upholstered surfaces professionally cleaned. Some areas may need to be fully reconstructed, such as those that have been burned by the flames. When you are preparing for fire damage repair services, it is important to consider all aspects of the work that needs to be done before you decide how to proceed. Then call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. Your time and lost business revenue should be of paramount importance. 

While you need all of the work completed with professional results, you also need them performed promptly so that operations can resume in full swing as soon as possible. You could attempt to contract with different service providers to repair the various types of damage on the property, but this is often not the most efficient method available. Working with one company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta that has the skills and experience to handle all aspects of the repair process may be the most effective option available. 

When your commercial building has suffered fire damage, you may struggle with what steps you need to take to get the property repaired and operations back up and running again soon. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta offers professional fire damage repair services for commercial properties, and we are the local company that you trust to respond to requests for emergency service without delay. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do for your property after a fire, look no further than our office. Call us today at (805) 963-0606.

Rains can cause water damage to your home or business

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is here to help 24 hours a day to fix your water damage

Rain and water runoff can cause substantial water damage to building structures, personal property, home furnishings and family heirlooms. However, it doesn't take flooding for water penetration to ruin personal possessions or cause structural damage. Leaky pipes or roofs, water from water heaters and appliances, and water intrusions caused by fallen branches or clogged gutters can generate tremendous damage and cleanup problems. Putting out a minor or major fire can cause severe water damage as well.

You can't guard against every possibility, but you can reduce the risks of water damage by keeping your gutters and downspouts in good repair and trimming bushes and trees around your home. Installing a sump pump helps to keep your basement dry, and you might consider installing sensors to detect water penetration in the vulnerable areas of your home. Inspect your pipes, insulation, roof and HVAC system annually. Ensure that your doors and windows have flashing in good repair with functioning seals.

Water damage isn't always immediately noticeable, so inspecting your home regularly is important. Small leaks in out-of-the-way areas can weaken structural integrity, destroy valuable personal items in storage areas and damage hardwood floors and carpets beyond repair. Proactive inspections and attention to trouble spots can prevent water damage or minimize the harm done after water penetration or flooding.

Look for stains on walls, ceilings and floors or buckling walls and floors. Crumbling wood around baseboards, windows and doors are a key sign of water penetration. Another sign of water damage is smell; if a room, attic or basement smells musty, it's likely that water penetration has caused some damage.

Heavy rains can cause flooding and roof damage while weakening key barriers to water penetration throughout your home like doors, windows, outside roofs and interior ceilings. Standpipes can overflow and cause water to penetrate the ceiling even when you can't find damage in other areas. Slow leaks, blocked gutters, malfunctioning appliances, slow soil drainage and burst pipes in hidden areas can result in standing water and cause tremendous water damage.

As home restoration specialists, we know that water damage isn't always preventable no matter how vigilant you are. Flash floods, burst pipes, damaged water heaters, broken appliances and even the mistakes of playing children can result in water penetrating your home. No matter what precautions you take, you can still get water damage in dozens of unexpected ways. The experts from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta provide water removal, cleanup services and invaluable advice that can minimize the consequences of water damage.

We offer 24-hour emergency service from our locally owned and managed office. We live and work where you live, but we have the national resources and local staff to restore your property in the Santa Ynez Valley,Lompoc, Goleta and Santa Barbara areas of California. We have the latest drying and water removal equipment to get your property dry. If you have emergency water intrusion, flooding or water damage from any source, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta at (805) 963-0606

Help stop the spread of COVID-19

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in PPE SERVPRO is ready to help

We are in an unprecedented time right now! 

New terms like "social distancing" have become our new normal.  Trying to keep areas clean that people frequent can be overwhelming.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help.  In addition to frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing, the CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus or COVID-19, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Help stop the spread of germs with a professional cleaning from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta

Contact us anytime at (805) 963-0606

Steps to take when returning to your home after a flood

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

storm flooding Be careful when returning to a home that has been flooded

Floods can be extremely devastating, both to your property and mental well-being.  It can be tempting to immediately rush back into your home after the water finally recedes, but there are a number of factors that need to be considered first. After your home has been impacted by flood water, there can be any variety of potential hazards that need to be considered prior to you coming back into the house

Gas Leaks

When first entering your home, be sure to open the doors and windows to ventilate the structure and help remove foul odors or leaking gas. Do not turn on any of the house’s lighting; instead, use a flashlight as you’re moving throughout the structure. Open flames, electrical sparks and cigarettes can cause an explosive fire if there is a gas leak. Should you discover a leak, immediately exit your home and contact your service company for assistance.

After a severe flood, there will likely be damage to a house’s electrical system. Avoid turning on lights or operating electrical appliances. Ensure the electricity is turned off at the main panel before checking an individual circuits or equipment. If your basement is flooded, the utility company will need to disconnect the power from your house. 

Watch for falling debris and check for possible damage to floors and walls. Knock down any hanging plaster or drywall. If you are not sure of the dangers the structural damage presents, call the city building inspector or engineer.

There is a danger of foundation walls collapsing, especially if you have a basement that has been flooded. Keep an eye on the foundation walls as the water is removed as this will cause a change in pressure that could cause the walls to cave in. To prevent radical changes in pressure, pump about a third of the water out each day. The water pressure needs a chance to equalize.

Supplies from any source suspected of being affected by flood conditions may be treated by one of the following methods:

  • Mix teaspoonful of commercial laundry bleach with 2 gallons of water. Let stand five minutes before drinking.
  • Bring water to a boil for ten minutes in a clean container. Eliminate the flat taste by shaking the water in a bottle, by pouring from one container to another, or by adding a pinch of salt. If the water is from a public supply, local authorities will tell you if boiling is necessary.
  • Add five drops of tincture of iodine solution to one quart of water. Mix thoroughly and allow to stand for 30 minutes before drinking.
  • Use water purifying tablets, available in drug stores or camping equipment outlets.

Do not use fresh food that has come into contact with flood waters; it will likely be contaminated with any number of infectious agents.

Although we can't prevent floods from happening, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Goleta/Santa Ynezcan certainly help with the cleanup and restoration after the waters have receded.

When in need, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Goleta/Santa Ynez at (805) 963-0606; we're always here to help!

What is really in that water that just flooded your home or business?

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding on carpet with fans set up What IS in that water that just flooded your home or business?

Water damages are one of the most inconvenient, expensive, and time-consuming events that a homeowner  may find himself facing. While most water damage episodes are minor, they have the potential to also be catastrophic. Additionally, not all homeowners insurance policies will cover water damage generated by natural disasters like floods, earthquakes or hurricanes. Many a homeowner has realized too late, that flood insurance is a separate policy from standard homeowner's insurance. Typically, water damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta will complete an assessment to determine the extent of water removal efforts and the required equipment. Cleanup, drying, and restoration services follow. Part of this assessment involves determining what category of water has caused the damage to ensure proper safety procedures for extraction.

Category 1: Clear Water. This Category 1 water was initially potable water. Over a short amount of time, the water will degrade increasingly with contamination. Examples of Category 1 water include sink overflows, toilet tank ruptures, and failed supply lines on appliances. The type of water that comes into your home is clear water until it has left its source.

Category 2
: Gray Water is the second category of water. This type contains some level of contamination that may be physical, biological, or chemical. Category 2 water can include discharged water resulting from leaking water beds, dishwashers, washing machines or commode water containing urine. 

Category 3: Black Water is unhealthy and unsanitary. This water is contaminated with varying unsanitary agents and particulates, fungi, bacteria, and possibly debris. A water damage event at your property may involve Category 1 or 2 water which, if left unnoticed or not removed, degrades into Category 3 water. Sources of black water may originate from a broken sewage line, rising ground water from floods or storms, seawater or chemical runoff from storage. Once black water has breached your interior structure, SERVPRO recommends immediate removal, sterilization, and sanitation.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated and ready to help Santa Barbara residents  with any-sized flood and water damage emergencies. Call for assistance any time 24/7. (805) 963-0606

Why calling SERVPRO is better than using bleach

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in walls Mold growing on porous material like drywall can be difficult to get rid of on your own.

For better or worse, mold has been around for millions of years.  It is an extremely resilient organism and designed for survival.  Many homeowners believe that if they discover their home has mold, they can just spray it with bleach and be done.  The problem is that if the mold is on a porous material like drywall, the chlorine in the bleach does not penetrate below the surface.  The chlorine remains on the surface of the material while the water component of the bleach does penetrate the surface and actually can end up contributing to the growth of the mold.  Additionally, bleach is toxic to humans as well as mold.  It does not make much sense to add a poison into the atmosphere of your home.

When our experienced crew arrives on site, we will set up barriers using 6ml plastic that will prevent the mold from spreading to other areas of your home while we perform a controlled and clean demolition of all the affected materials using engineered air flow and containment. If the affected material is porous, we will remove it so that the mold never get an opportunity to grow back in your home. All the while we will run HEPA filter air scrubbers to capture any spores that try to escape. SERVPRO technicians will also apply SERVPROXIDE a safe and effective EPA registered antimicrobial. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta knows how stressful a situation like residential mold growth can be and we work efficiently to ensure your mold treatment is hassle-free. Our mold removal products are designed to be environmentally-friendly. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated. Our experienced technicians can help you get back "Like it never even happened."  Call us at (805)963-0606.

What to do about ash and soot in the attic

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

attic insulation It's best to leave the cleaning of an attic to the professionals.

Sundowners are a uniquely Santa Barbara phenomenon where, because of our geography we get winds that come from the north and blow down the face of our east-west facing mountains. These winds are hot and dry and when they are blowing, they can raise the temperature considerably. A little over a couple of years ago this is what happened. The winds howled with gusts over 50 miles per hour and it was not long before they brought down a power line and sparked the conflagration to be known as The Holiday Fire. It was several days until the fire fighters were able to tame this beast but in the meanwhile the fire had burned over one hundred acres, twenty-eight structures and thirteen homes. It was not long after that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta was called into action. Wildfires consume massive amounts of fuel and turn that fuel into smoke and ash and soot. This burnt material becomes easily airborne and once it reaches your house, it looks for opportunities to come inside. Openings around doors or windows, vents in the attic, doggy doors… you name it and any possible opening presents an opportunity for soot and ash to come inside. Many homeowners are able to do much of the cleaning on their own but when it comes time to clean an attic, it is a good idea to let the professional technicians at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta handle the load. When an attic smells like smoke, it is important to remove the source of the odor and that usually means removing the insulation. Whether it is blown in or rolled, our techs will be able to remove it all. Afterwards, we will HEPA vacuum the areas and then replace the insulation with new insulation. If necessary, we will perform an ozone treatment to get rid of any lingering smells. If your attic smells like ash after a fire, please give SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta a call at 1-805-963-0606.

Women in the construction Industry

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

photo of Myra Jozy Salude and Katy in the warehouse SERVPRO's team of women Myra, Jozy, Salud and Katy

The national average for women in construction related trades is around 10%. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is proud that about 30% of our workforce is made up of hard working women. 

March 1st thru the 7th is Women in Construction Week which was founded in 1953 by NAWIC (The National Association of Women in Construction).

SERVPRO's mission is "To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect." We believe and support anyone who wants to help others and excel. With the Vision of "To be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world."

The women of SERVPRO are here to make a difference, help others in need, and grow personally. They work hard every day to "Like it never even happened."

So, if you have had a fire, water damage, mold issue or other problem with your home or business it is likely you will get to meet one of more of our hard working ladies who love to help. 

We wish all women a happy and safe Women in Construction Week growing awareness and changing stereotypes. 

Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta anytime (805) 963-0606  

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can handle commercial fires

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Inside commercial building fire SERVPRO can help with the restoration after a commercial fire

When your commercial property has been severely compromised by fire damage, you will need to rely on the expert assistance of a locally owned and operated restoration service. The damage caused by fire doesn't end when the flames are put out. On the contrary, even after the initial fire has been extinguished, a host of other problems may develop. 

When it comes to professionally controlling the commercial fire damage in your workplace, your best bet is to contact the restoration service that has experience in dealing with such essential matters, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. While the fire itself may have caused considerable damage to your property, other elements, such as debris, smoke, and mold growth, may also threaten to make it uninhabitable and keep your doors closed. When you call SERVPRO, we can immediately begin the cleanup process to get your business back in business.

A professional commercial fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta offers an all-encompassing solution. We will send a team of friendly and knowledgeable service professionals to begin an immediate inspection of the property. Afterward, we will present you with a comprehensive diagnosis of the problem along with an estimate of the cost for our services. You are under absolutely no obligation until you agree to have our team begin restoration work on your property, as noted.

Once the initial assessment and inspection have been completed, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta will conduct a comprehensive cleanup and restoration program. We will safely discard remaining debris, remediate any mold or other bacterial growth, and clean up any stains and blemishes that the fire may have caused. We will also remove stubborn odors that may still be lingering in the building by utilizing ozone machines and foggers. 

When it comes to cleaning up the damage left behind by commercial fire damage, the essence of our service is to focus on efforts to restore rather than replace the existing property. Restoration will speed up the process to get your business up and running again. This will minimize the loss of profits that would be increased if you had to wait for a new property to be built. We also focus on restoration of damaged documents, retail stock, and furnishings to expedite your re-opening. "Like it never even happened."

When it comes to dealing with the effects of Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez Valley commercial fire damage, we are your locally owned and operated restoration and cleanup authority. When fire damage threatens your property in Santa Barbara, or nearby areas, such as Montecito, Goleta, Solvang, Los Olivos, Buellton or Santa Ynez, we will be there to assist you. Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606.

Everyone lives in a "flood zone"

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

flood water around the home flood water rising fast around the home

When we think of floods, we think that those are occurrences that only happen after in places that get lots of rain. But did you know that everyone resides in a flood zone? Even the driest areas can experience what are known as flash floods. Rivers, streams, and lakes are almost always overflowing their banks, given a couple of rainy days. 

A flash flood can often bring a wall of water. New construction in your neighborhood can change runoff patterns in the area and can increase our flood risks. And most insurance plans don't include flood insurance, you have to purchase that separately. 


    •    The average cost of flood damage is around $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of damage and where the water came from, so any tips that can help prevent this has to be worth the time to try them.
    •    An inspection and flushing your water heater once a year, by a plumber, can contribute to preventing it bursting on you and flooding the area.
    •    Replacing the rubber hoses on all appliances that use water with metal braided ones can help to avoid the failing of the rubber ones as they can get hard and burst. Check all hoses; even the metal braided ones every year. 
    •    Leaks from toilets are often indicated by a little leakage from the base. 
    •    Do you know where to locate the main water shut-off? If a pipe burst, inside, you need to be able to get it turned off quickly. 
    •    If you have a sump pump, now is a good time to get it checked and think about a backup unit. 
    •    Always be looking for signs of plumbing leaks, such as on ceilings and walls; you are looking for stains and moisture on those walls and floors. 
    •    Leaking or even broken pipes are often gushing water, and it is not noticed because it might be hidden. Check out your water usage when no faucets are turned on; locate the water meter and take a reading, then use no water for an hour or so and read it again. Has it moved? If so, you have a leak someplace, so get a plumber to check it out. 
    •    Always monitor your monthly water bill. If it goes up a lot one billing cycle, you might have the need for a plumber to come in and check all connections. 
    •    Since a lot of water comes from inside your home and can damage many walls, floors, furniture and provide the moisture needed for molds to grow, doing whatever can be done to prevent leaks is a good exercise to undertake. 

When you do experience flood damage in your home, whether from nature or burst pipes, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta at (805) 963-0606 for the flood restoration that you need, quickly.

SERVPRO's EPA registered antimicrobial is amazing stuff!

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

man holding one gallon bottle of servprOXIDE™ SERVPROXIDE™ is effective and as safe as it gets for a antimicrobial.

Many people are not aware SERVPRO makes most of its own clean products and antimicrobial.

SERVPROXIDE™ is an EPA registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide based antimicrobial that carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating and requires no PPE (personal protective equipment) for general purpose use and is safe for everyday use. It is designed to kill harmful bacteria, mold and mildew on hard surfaces and it keeps it from growing back for up to 4 weeks. The product is fragrance-free with a mild odor that dissipates quickly. 

SERVPROXIDE™ also serves as an excellent deodorizer, (once the odor source has been removed) as it is oxidizer and does not mask odors such as fire & tobacco smoke, musty odors, pet odors and stale cooking odors to name a few.

It can be used to deodorize internal HVAC systems, and can also be applied by wet fogging or misted through a ULV type mister such as the 716 Flex-A-Lite 2600 ULV Sprayer/Mister for deodorization and application purposes. 

SERVPROXIDE™ can also be used in electrostatic sprayers for a full and even application. 

SERVPROXIDE™ is also NSF listed (no rinse required food contact surfaces) so, clean and use.

Even a small amount of water can lead to mold

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

water heater cabinet mold A small leak can lead to mold

You had a small water leak so cleaned it up yourself.  Everything looks dried out and problem solved.  But now you see mold.  If you see visible mold, your best move is to leave it alone. When you disturb mold by trying to remove it, you can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. Mold spores are microscopic and when you try to clean them, the mold can release tiny spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO  of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We are locally owned and operated.  Contact us at (805)963-0606.

DIY after a fire is never a good idea-let SERVPRO help

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage fire place burned up the wall Let SERVPRO help with your fire damage

Once your home in Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez is affected by a fire, your top priority is getting your property cleaned and repaired. In many cases, this desire leads people to try and do the projects themselves. If this were your planned methodology, you should reconsider this course of action. If the fire damage is of any consequence, many concerns need to be addressed. Can you do all of these tasks yourself?

Standing water left behind after the fire extinguishing efforts of the local fire department have several important ramifications. The resulting water damage can be furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. SERVPRO utilizes water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly, thereby mitigating the damage. Unfortunately, fire damage also comes with water damage.

The smoke damage that results from a fire can be quite substantive. In fact, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unaddressed, this smoke damage can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke necessitates the use of professional procedures and products that fire restoration specialists from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta have in their arsenal.

In many cases, homeowners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that are actually salvageable. Instead, allow SERVPRO to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. We will assess, inspect and issue you a Contents Claim Inventory Service form--CCIS. This inventories affected household items and classifies them into non-salvageable, salvageable or questionable lists. Items can be containerized and cleaned at our facility by our IICRC-trained technicians.

If you attempt to complete the fire restoration process without professional assistance, the project will take a lot of time and probably lack positive results. However, hiring SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta to put your home back in a repaired, healthy condition after fire damage enables you to feel confident of the restoration. Consider the effort, equipment, and training involved in successfully restoring your home to its pre-fire condition.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency in Buellton, Montecito, Santa Ynez, Goleta, Solvang, Los Olivos and other areas. We are proud to be an active member of the Santa Barbara community. Call us to help you. (805) 963-0606

Leave mold remediation to the experts

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on the baseboard and wall Removal of mold should be left to the experts

Mold is a type of fungus that is made up of micro-organisms that help decompose dead organic material such as plants, leaves, and wood. These colonies resemble hair-like bodies and are too small to be seen individually with the naked eye. If they are thriving in your Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez Valley home or business, mold remediation is a must. As seen on the surface of an object, mold will appear to be black, blue or green.


Mold occurs naturally in both outdoor and indoor environments. Outdoors, it’s one of nature’s ways of helping to break down dead organic matter. However, mold growth indoors can cause health effects so removal and clean up of the mold is needed. SERVPRO recommends that you call us at the first hint of a possible mold infestation. 


Indoors, mold can be found growing on any damp surface. A professional mold remediation service is the safe and most effective approach. The professionals from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta understand industry protocols and have the necessary equipment and training to do an effective job. Moisture meters, hydrometers, "air scrubbers," HEPA vacuums, and antifungal and antimicrobial products are utilized.

SERVPRO technicians know where to search for harmful, hidden molds and complete the mold remediation protocols. We can also advise you how best to protect your Santa Barbara home.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in Santa Barbara too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is close by and ready to respond to your mold damage emergency from Montecito and Goleta to Solvang and Santa Ynez. Call us at (805) 963-0606

Getting rid of the moisture in your commercial property prevents the mold

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

drying water damage SERVPRO uses special equipment for drying water to prevent further damage to your property

Water Removal From Your Santa Barbara Property

If your commercial or residential property in Santa Barbara is exposed to water damage, getting rid of the moisture is a must. Water damage can give rise to the development and spread of toxic molds initiated by mold spores. These spores occur naturally in all environments and the trick is not to let standing water nurture their growth. When you contract a high-quality water restoration service like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara,  we make sure you won't have to grapple with those kind of unwanted after effects.

A call to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta will get our trained professionals to your home quickly. Prior to beginning their water removal efforts, the company's technicians will identify the source of the water damage, assess the situation, and establish an action plan. Powerful pumps and wet-vacs start the removal of large quantities of water to help off-set possible secondary water damage. The water remediation specialists will also use sanitizer to disinfect your property, a key treatment in preventing the growth and proliferation of mold and bacteria. After the removal of all insulation or wet drywall, dehumidifiers and air-movers are set up to dry any affected framing.

Although water damage can be a taxing reality to deal with, knowing a proper course of action can prevent stress for you and preserve the structural integrity of your property. To ensure that you react to the results of water damage effectively, it's important that you call professionals who can handle the remediation and restoration processes with skill and speed. The team to trust is SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. Their skill set includes a sense of urgency to restore your structure and property to its previous condition in the quickest time possible.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood or water damage event. 

Please call us at (805) 963-0606 

Water damage can happen because of storms or burst pipes

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

dehumidifiers Time to dry out that water damage

When most people think of a water damage, they imagine the aftermath of a heavy rain.  While we know that storms can cause damage to a home, we find that most of the water damages that we see in Santa Barbara result from a failed plumbing issue, and not from a heavy rain. In Santa Barbara, damage to even a modestly-sized home can run into thousands of dollars. Expensive furniture, carpets, and other high-end items in the home will only add to the cost of a water damage if they are affected.  

When we receive a call in our office that a supply line has burst or that a washing machine has overflowed, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta technicians are trained to quickly respond, removing this water from the home as fast as possible and immediately begin drying both personal and structural property.  One of the pieces of drying equipment we will set up are dehumidifiers. These machines draw water from the air and nearby property such as curtains and upholstered furniture. Removing moisture and lowering the humidity level in the home creates drier air which allows evaporation to happen more quickly which helps to save building materials like drywall panels. 
 
As the dehumidifiers work, technicians from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara begin using extraction devices to dry carpets. For most carpets, that means using extraction wands which efficiently remove water from carpets and carpet pads. For thicker carpets, SERVPRO specialists can also use a riding extractor. The driver rides on top of this larger device which has a platform that uses his weight to press down on the carpet and pad, allowing it to remove more water. Regardless of the cost of the carpet, most pads are cheap, and we nearly always advise replacing them rather than going to the expense of attempting to dry them 
 . 
 
SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta uses these first actions to reduce and eliminate the effects of water damage in area homes. If you need us to help return your home to a safe, dry condition, call us at (805) 963-0606 today.

Travelling to Kansas

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rains When the heavy rains hit, SERVPRO is here to help

When flooding  occurred in Kansas, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta responded to the call for help.  The beauty of being part of the SERVPRO system is that when nature throws weather at you that is overwhelming, you flash the Bat-signal and help is on the way.  We worked hand-in-hand with the local franchise as well as SERVPRO franchises from many different parts of the country.  Our common goal was to help as many people as we could to get their homes clean and dry so they could get their lives back to normal.

One thing that we do not have in abundance in Santa Barbara is basements, for the simple reason that basements and earthquakes do not play nice together.  When we were working in Kansas, that was the primary area of people’s homes that we were dealing with.  We may not be used to dealing with basements in our home territory but that didn't stop us from doing our job sucking up water and setting up our fierce drying equipment.  The good people in Kansas were grateful that somebody from as far away as California would be willing to travel so far to help them.  For SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta, it was just another day at the office and we were glad to help.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  Call us at (805)963-0606

SERVPRO will travel

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

flooding No matter where the disaster, SERVPRO can be there

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez has travelled to Minnesota which was about as different as could be for these boys from warm and sunny Southern California.  Rain and melting snow had filled the Mississippi River to overflowing and any houses that were sitting low or had basements were in danger of taking on water.  When the calls began pouring in to the local SERVPRO franchise, he was quickly overwhelmed.  SERVPRO Corporate declared the area to be an official “storm” and sent out the call for help.  The advantage of being part of the SERVPRO franchise system is that in times of crisis, additional aid is only a phone call away.  SERVPRO franchises from across the country responded to the alert, including SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez.  It took our crew two days to drive from Santa Barbara to St. Paul but once they arrived they hit the ground running.  Long days of helping people with their water damages made the trip worthwhile and we were proud to be able to offer our assistance.

When disaster hits locally, please give SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez a call at 805-963-0606.

Flooding can happen anywhere

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

storm water flooding a yard with maned water pumps It just takes a few inches of rain to cause a lot of problems

Did you know that no matter where you live, everyone resides in a flood zone? Even the driest areas can experience what are known as flash floods. Rivers, streams, and lakes are almost always overflowing their banks, given a couple of rainy days. 

With only a few inches of water, you can have many hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage in your home or commercial building. New construction in your neighborhood can change runoff patterns in the area and can increase your flood risks. Most insurance plans do not include flood damage, and this must be purchased separately, in most cases. 


Prevention Tips:
    •    The average cost of flood damage is around $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of damage and where the water came from.
    •    An inspection and flushing of your hot water heater once a year, by a plumber, can contribute to preventing it bursting on you and flooding the area.
    •    Replacing the rubber hoses on all appliances that use water with metal braided ones can help to avoid the failing of the rubber ones as they can get hard and burst. Check all hoses; even the metal braided ones every year. 
    •    Leaks from toilets are often indicated by a little leakage from the base.

  • Do you know where to locate the main water shut-off? If a pipe burst, inside, you need to be able to get it turned off quickly. 
        •    If you have a sump pump, now is a good time to get it checked and think about a backup unit. 
        •    Always be on the look out for signs of plumbing leaks, such as on ceilings and walls; you are looking for stains and moisture on those walls and floors. 
        •    Leaking or even broken pipes might not be noticed because it might be hidden. Check out your water usage when no faucets are turned on; locate the water meter and take a reading, then use no water for an hour or so and read it again. Has it moved? If so, you have a leak someplace, so get a plumber to check it out. 
        •    Always monitor your monthly water bill. If it goes up a lot one billing cycle, you might have the need for a plumber to come in and check all connections. 
        •    Since a lot of water comes from inside your home and can damage many walls, floors, furniture and provide the moisture needed for molds to grow, doing whatever can be done to prevent leaks is a good exercise to undertake. 

    SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  We have technicians available 24 hours a day.  Call us at (805)963-0606.

What to do in the event of a fire

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

garage fire A fire in your home can be one of the most devastating events

You Need Fire Damage Experts to Get the Job Done Right

One of the most devastating events that can affect your home in Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez is a fire.  In addition to the financial damage, fires can destroy your valuable possessions and cause unwanted water damage. This can cause a feeling of hoplessness and stress. 

In many cases, homeowners are tempted to start the cleanup process by themselves after a fire has impacted their property. Don't make this mistake. Instead, you should first contact your insurance agent to determine the extent of your coverage for the damages. The insurance company will also need to perform an inspection to your property to attain a clear estimate for repairing damages. You will also need to get in contact with a professional fire damage restoration company.


After analyzing the exterior of the property for superficial damage, the fire damage restoration professional will inspect the interior of your house for damage. This inspection of adjoining rooms for smoke, soot, and water damage will aid in determining an action plan for restoration.

If your home in Santa Barbara or the Santa Ynez Valley has been partially destroyed because of fire, it's important that you allow a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta to restore your house to its pre-fire condition. We offer round-the-clock assistance by our highly trained technicians using the most cutting-edge equipment available.

We live and work in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is close by and ready to respond to your fire or damage emergency.  We are available 24 hours a day.  Contact us at (805)963-0606.

Santa Barbara County wildfires bring smoke and soot

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfire burn area The wildfire got close to this home but didn't burn it down, but now there's smoke and soot damage to clean up.

Fires in the Santa Barbara foothills sadly not uncommon.  And our firefighters work hard to protect the homes in those areas.  Those flames though are not the only thing that homeowners have to worry about.  Soot and smoke come right along with the fire and they try really hard to get into your home.

You close your doors and windows to try to keep the smoke out but as long as there is a way for air to get into your house, smoke and soot come along for the ride.  Once they get into your house, they bring an odor that is unpleasant.

How do you get rid of these unwanted odors?  Well SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta of course.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta has all of the equipment and all of the experience necessary to clean your home and get rid of odors and residue.  We will bring your home back to its preloss condition and make it smell "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  Contact us at (805)963-0606.

Storms in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez can cause water damage

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

rain on window Hopefully the rain stays outside

Here in Santa Barbara county, we are lucky that we never have to deal with hurricanes or blizzards or tornadoes.  Although the level of storms we receive may never reach that intensity, we have had some strong storms that have caused significant water damage.

Winter is the time of the year when the storms arrive and now is the time to make sure you are ready for them.  Look around your roof for loose shingles and have a roofer come out soon if you need repairs.  You do not want to have to call a roofer when it is raining outside.  Roofers become super busy once the rain starts falling and getting one to make an emergency repair can be an exercise in frustration.  

If you find water leaking inside your home, it is good to keep the phone number for SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta handy.  We can be reached at 805-963-0606 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Most insurance companies will cover the expense of a roof leak but it is best to check with your insurer to confirm this. 

SERVPRO is on call 24 hours since your pipes can't tell time

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck SERVPRO is on call 24 hours a day

Sometimes the calls come during the week between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00pm.  But there are times they do not.  Pipes do not care what time of the day it is.  They do not care about if you had a party planned or if you just got finished with your renovations.  When they decide to leak or burst, it is their decision, not yours.

When the pipes in a local hotel decided that is was their time to clog and spill their contents, unfortunately these pipes carried raw sewage.  Fortunately  the loss happened in their parking structure.  This was definitely a job for SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta.

Our professional technicians rushed to the hotel and quickly began work.  After treating everything with an anti-microbial solution to begin the sanitization process, the techs did the dirty work of extracting whatever liquids they came across.  They steamed the cement to make sure all of the surfaces were as clean as they could be and finished up with another healthy application of disinfectant.  Before long, the garage was ready again for cars.  

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated and has techs available 24 hours a day.  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Tips for water damage in your commercial property

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in an office Water damage in a Solvang office

Tips from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara for Your Commercial Water Damage

Water damage is a concern that commercial property owners may face at any given moment. However, there are things that business owners can do to  decrease losses, reduce their stress, and limit financial expenditures. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez suggests the following tips to help you make this event less damaging to your business.

Do's
1. The source of the water damage must be located and repaired. If more than turning off a faucet, unclogging a drain, or turning off the main supply line is required, call a plumber or maintenance. React quickly.
2. Take pictures of the areas of the property, equipment, and furnishings that have been damaged by water. Normally, water damage is covered under a business insurance policy but flooding by a storm may not be covered under the general policy. If an insurance adjuster is called in to estimate damages and repair costs, we suggest that SERVPRO is also contacted to meet and coordinate water damage restoration plans with your adjuster. We have working relationships, or are an approved vendor, for over 315 insurance companies, property management companies and federal, state, and local government agencies.
3. Contact a commercial water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta to complete the water removal, clean up, drying, repair, and content restoration processes. A restoration company should have the attributes that will indicate a well-organized, trained and equipped company to fit your needs:

  • IICRC certification
    • A good Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating
    • Good online reviews and testimonials from past customers
    • Competitive rates, no overselling of unneeded services
    • 24/7 emergency services, with rapid response to location
    • Great customer service, from start to completion

    DON’Ts
    1. Don't try to clean up the water damage yourself if there are large amounts of water. Wicking and absorption of water into drywall, furniture and flooring requires special drying techniques as water travels faster and farther than most people expect. Deep standing water can hide hazards.  Given that you do not possess the specialized equipment and protective gear necessary to protect yourself against these hazards, attempting to complete the water damage cleanup process yourself could increase your susceptibility to injury and illness.
    2. In the case of massive water intrusion, do not reenter the commercial property before receiving approval. Personal safety and preservation of property are of paramount importance.
    3. Don't try to use newspaper to absorb water on any upholstery or fabrics as the ink may run causing staining. 
    4. Don't walk over wet carpet unless doing so is unavoidable.
    5. Don't turn on any appliances or business machines. 

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large or small commercial water or flood damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building in Goleta or big box store in Santa Barbara or a winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.   Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance. (805) 963-0606

 

The American Red Cross Recognizes SERVPRO

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Thomas Fire Thomas Fire

A couple of years ago, The American Red Cross recognized SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster clean up.

The American Red Cross has recognized SERVPRO, a cleanup and restoration company, for participation in its Disaster Responder Program. As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to over 60,000 disasters on average annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their seventh year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date have exceed one million dollars.

According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO and other Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.

SERVPRO's commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services. 

Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez has been all across the country to help those affected by natural disasters, and especially those in the Montecito mud slides.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta are here to help.

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/local/tennessee/SERVPRO-Recognized-for-Contribution-to-the-American-Red-Cross

What to do when a sewer line backs up in your home

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van SERVPRO can help 24/7

Sewage backups can ruin your day.  Cleaning the up on your own is not recommended.   Raw sewage can contain some really bad things, even more so if you’re downstream from a hospital or health clinic. The EPA has a long of nasty things that can be in the black water of a sewer line that has been damaged.  Horrible things like typhoid fever, cholera, hepatitis A, polio viruses, and super nasty things like helminths! Helminths are parasitic worms that feed off of the host (you) and are also known as intestinal worms. So if you can help it, don’t even walk through the affected area and keep pets away.  Make your first calls to the city (if you are on their system) and to a plumber to help stop the leak or find out why the sewer line backed up in the first place.

When SERVPROof Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is called out to a blackwater loss, the first thing the technicians will do is to put on their PPE (personal protective equipment ), assess the impacted area, and then immediately treat the affected materials with EPA registered antimicrobial. This will stop the growth of any those nasty things and start to kill most of the things mentioned above. 

Unfortunately not much can be saved on a sewer loss. Anything non-structural that has had black water contact needs to be removed and thrown out. It may be possible to save some content items as long as they are non-porous or can be fully treated such as laundered. This should only be considered if the items are special or of high value. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta will set up critical containment using sheeting to separate the affected area from the unaffected area to help prevent cross contamination.  Next, the technicians will apply antimicrobial, extract all standing black water and dispose of it back into the sewer, apply more antimicrobial solution. The SERVPRO employees will carefully start removing and documenting total loss contents. Contents that possibly can be saved are left in place or taken back to a safe place at the SERVPRO warehouse for detail cleaning and disinfection. 

Once the total loss contents are removed, SERVPRO technicians start to carefully remove flooring, drywall and insulation. After all of those non-structural building materials have been removed, antimicrobial solution is applied again and allowed some time before a clean water rinse and extraction. The final application of antimicrobial is then applied which enables SERVPRO to set up drying equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, HEPA filtered air scrubbers or hydroxyl air movers. Hydroxyl is a great way to clean toxins from the air using powerful ultraviolet light and moisture to make a safe oxidizer that the cleans the air.

Once SERVPRO has completely dried the affected area, repairs can begin. The drying process usually takes 4 to 5 days. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is a Licensed General Contractor and will make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is a licensed general contractor 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  We are available for emergencies 24/7.  Call us at (805)963-0606.

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